About America Competes

The National Business Coalition for Nondiscrimination

Businesses large and small across the United States are coming together in favor of comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans, because they know these protections are vital to attract and retain a talented workforce, to maintain and grow economically competitive communities, and to support their employees and their families.

America Competes is a national business coalition that connects Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and everyone in between to targeted intel, message training, and opportunities for advocacy at the state and federal level. Our goal is to provide a clear, data-driven argument for comprehensive nondiscrimination laws that protect all Americans. We do this by amplifying the voices of employers and economic stakeholders and empowering those members with intel, training, and support as we work together to achieve nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community.

Our Model

A national coalition providing the business community with education, legislative analysis, coordinated communications, and connections to local, state, and national business organizers to effectively advocate for inclusive equality for all LGBTQ Americans.

Our partnerships with the business community have helped stop discriminatory bills from becoming law in Texas, Indiana, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, South Dakota and others. Together, we’ve secured passage of historic nondiscrimination protections in Massachusetts and New Hampshire; advanced comprehensive nondiscrimination legislation further than ever before in states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio; defeated the country’s first exclusively anti-transgender municipal ballot measure in Anchorage, Alaska; and won the nation’s first statewide vote on transgender nondiscrimination protections by a landslide margin (68-32%) in Massachusetts.

About Freedom for All Americans

Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. While LGBTQ people can now marry anywhere in the U.S., they can still be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, or denied services in 32 states. There are no federal protections that explicitly and comprehensively protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.

Formed in 2015 to drive the national strategy that will defend against anti-LGBTQ attacks and secure national nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, FFAA is singularly focused on achieving its mission and not on building a perpetual institution, which allows us to map out a nationwide strategy guided purely by research and data, identify opportunities where there is the best chance of advancing the cause and minimize risks of losing ground, and filling gaps in capacity where other groups don’t have a presence. Once FFAA achieves its mission of ensuring nationwide nondiscrimination protections, it will declare victory and go out of business.