Victory! South Dakota Anti-Transgender Bill (SB115) Withdrawn

In late January, South Dakota's SB115, was withdrawn from the senate. The bill, which would have banned transgender students from fully participating in school programs and using the facilities that matched the gender they live every day, was pulled by its sponsor...

Victory! Jacksonville Florida Passes Human Rights Ordinance

Equality Federation joins Equality Florida in applauding the Jacksonville, FL City Council for banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender expression. via Equality Florida:  After years of hard work and advocacy from the local LGBTQ residents,...

Victory! Puzder OUT.

Our pressure worked. Earlier today we held a press conference with Pride At Work and Wyoming Equality to raise concerns over Andrew Puzder’s lack of qualifications to be Labor Secretary. And now he’s out. We were able to make the difference by leveraging our base of...

Statement on Confirmation of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

The Senate Has Confirmed an Attorney General Who Opposes Civil Rights Equality Federation stood in solidarity with the broad, diverse opposition to Senator Sessions for Attorney General due to his history of opposing fairness, freedom, and justice for all. He has a...

Roundup: Trump-Free LGBTQ Updates You’ve Missed

  Friend, We’ve already sent you several emails and flooded your social media with news and action alerts about the Administration’s anti-LGBTQ appointees and attacks on immigrants and refugees. So, I’m proud to showcase this Trump-free newsletter, highlighting...

Georgia Lawmakers Introduce Historic Civil Rights Bill

Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) introduced a historic, comprehensive civil rights bill in co-sponsorship with five of his colleagues. The bill represents the first time a civil rights bill that includes nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people was introduced in the...

Equality Utah Seeks Injunction in Landmark Case

In October, Equality Utah made history by filing a lawsuit against Utah's state education office. The lawsuit challenges a curriculum law that prohibits discussing homosexuality in a positive way. National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) brought the lawsuit on behalf...

Read the Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Exemption Order

A copy of Trump's religious exemption executive order has leaked, and it is being described by legal experts as staggeringly broad in scope. The order would give license to discriminate to any person or organization and flies in the face of the values Americans hold...

Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ Scotus Pick: Neil Gorsuch

Tonight President Trump announced Neil Gorsuch, a judge of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, as his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Gorsuch has a troubling record: He sided with Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court ruling that not only gave...

Victory! Colorado RFRA Bill (HB1013) Dies in Committee

On Wednesday last week, Colorado House Bill 1013, a religious exemption bill, died in committee for the third year in a row. The bill, the Colorado Freedom of Conscience Protection Act, was essentially a state RFRA. However, the language of the bill would have...

Victory! Discriminatory Bill Withdrawn in Wyoming

On Thursday last week, Wyoming's state legislature withdrew House Bill 135. HB135 would have allowed businesses, state and local governments to discriminate against LGBTQ people. The bill would also have eliminated Laramie’s 2015 LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance. Had...

Watch: Freedom Oklahoma Leads Resistance Against Anti-LGBTQ Attacks

Last year Federation member Freedom Oklahoma led the defeat of 27 anti-LGBTQ bills, and this year they are ready to continue their winning streak on behalf of every Oklahoman who values fairness and equality for all. Earlier this week, they hosted 150 people...

Why We Oppose Trump’s Agenda of Walls & Deportations

Equality Federation stands in solidarity with immigrants, refugees, and their families today as the Trump Administration launches an attack on millions of people’s freedoms and civil liberties. The President’s executive order to increase deportations, defund sanctuary...

Anti-Transgender Bathroom Ban Laws Shot Down

Early Wins for LGBTQ Equality at the Beginning of Legislative Sessions Proposed anti-transgender bathroom ban laws were shot down today in Indiana and Virginia, and the House Speaker in Texas said a similar proposal was not a high priority and warned that it could be...

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