Legislative Tracker Tracking LGBT-Related Legislation in Every State

During the 2017 legislative session dozens of states are poised to consider legislation related to LGBT discrimination. Some bills will work to advance the comprehensive non-discrimination laws that LGBT people so sorely need, while others will seek to single out and target LGBT people for unfair and unequal treatment. Freedom for All Americans is tracking all of these bills in our Legislative Tracker – return here often for the latest:


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Alabama House Bill 24

Religious refusals for adoption agencies

Status: 4/26/17- Sent to Governor
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill al State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow adoption agencies to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people who wish to adopt children. The bill was introduced by Rep. Rich Wingo.

Alabama House Bill 74

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill protects LGBT Alabamans from discriminatory payment and employment practices based upon sexual orientation or gender identity. It was introduced by Rep. England.

Alabama Senate Bill 1

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill al State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Alabama, restricts public restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender people. Additionally it creates a “bounty” of at least $1000 for outing trans people in public restrooms. The bill was introduced by Sen. Williams.

Alabama Senate Bill 141

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Employment Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill al State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that Alabama’s public employees are protected from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Singleton.

Alabama Senate Bill 145

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Adoption Bill

Status: Passed Senate HHS
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill al State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow child placement services and adoption agencies to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT parents and children. The bill was introduced by Sen. Hightower.

Arizona House Bill 2364

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill az State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Arizona, will extend existing state law to ensure that Arizonans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Rebecca Rios.

Arizona House Bill 2513

Pro-LGBT death certificate bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill az State Page

This bill updates existing state law to ensure that the gender listed on an individual’s death certificate reflects that person’s gender identity. It was introduced by Rep. Gabaldon.

Arizona Senate Bill 1320

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill az State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Arizona, will extend existing state law to ensure that Arizonans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Identical to HB2364, this bill was introduced by Sen. Katie Hobbs.

Arizona Senate Bill 1382

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill az State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Arizona workers are protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity or expression in public accommodations. It was introduced by Sen. Bowie.

Arkansas House Bill 1628

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Healthcare Bill

Status: Defeated in House Public Health (8Y-11N) [Note- the bill can be still presented a second time]
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill, the so-called “Health Care Freedom of Conscience Act,” purports to protect religious freedom, but could be used to discriminate against Arkansans, particularly LGBT Arkansans, when they are at they most vulnerable- seeking health care for themselves and their families. It was introduced by Rep. Brandt Smith.

Arkansas House Bill 1797

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Arkansas, will extend existing state law (Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993) to ensure that Arkansans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Leding.

Arkansas House Bill 1894

Anti-transgender birth certificate restrictions

Status: 3/16/17- Failed in House Public Health, Welfare & Labor. [Still eligible for rehearing]
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill targets transgender Arkansans by requiring that birth certificates list only the “biological sex” of an individual while “shall be determined at the time of birth based on the genetic code of an individual at birth.”

Arkansas House Bill 1986

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill targets transgender people in Arkansas by adding anti-transgender language to the existing law against indecent exposure.

 

Arkansas House Bill 2232

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization in Arkansas to use specific religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people– particularly those who are transgender. The bill was introduced by Rep. Ballinger.

Arkansas Senate Bill 346

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill targets transgender people in Arkansas. Though it contains no specific language as of yet, its title “Concerning Gender Identity and Bathroom Privileges,” makes its intent clear.

Arkansas Senate Bill 621

Anti-LGBT Local Control Bill

Status: Referred to Senate Education
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill targets LGBT people in Arkansas who live or work in communities that choose to enact pro-equality nondiscrimination laws by granting immunity to school district superintendents and personnel of the Dept of Education from any civil liability for enforcing a policy that complies with state or federal law. It is identical to SB628 and was introduced by Sen. Standridge.

Arkansas Senate Bill 774

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: 3/30/17- Defeated
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Arkansas, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender people. The bill was introduced by Sen. Linda Collins-Smith.

Colorado House Bill 1013

Religious Refusals Bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill co State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom, but in reality it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Coloradans. It was introduced by Rep. Stephen Humphrey.

Colorado House Bill 1122

pro-LGBT birth certificate bill

Status: 3/9/17- Passed House Judiciary (7Y-4N)
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill co State Page

This bill protects the privacy rights of transgender Coloradans by repealing a law requiring a court order indicating that a person’s sex has been changed by surgical procedure before one can obtain a new birth certificate. It was introduced by Rep. Daneya Esgar.

 

Connecticut House Bill 6695

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ct State Page

This bill protects Connecticut’s LGBT children by prohibiting any licensed professional from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” with a person under the age of eighteen.

Florida House Bill 17

Anti-LGBT Local Control Bill

Status: In HOUSE. Pending review of Committee Substitute under Rule 7.18(c).
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill targets local nondiscrimination protections for all Floridians, including LGBT people, by not only banning municipal governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances, but by overturning any protections currently in place on January 1, 2020. It was introduced by Rep. Fine.

Florida House Bill 273

Inclusive Conversion Therapy Ban

Status: To House Health Quality Subcommittee
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill prohibits persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling & various health practitioners from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” (any practice or treatment that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity) on a minor. It was introduced by Rep. David Richardson.

Florida House Bill 319

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Wage Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill (identical to SB410) protects Florida’s transgender employees by revising provisions prohibiting wage discrimination on basis of sex to include discrimination on basis of gender identity. It also prohibits employers from providing less favorable employment opportunities to employees based on sex or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Rep. Berman.

Florida House Bill 623

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that LGBT Floridians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Diamond and Sen. Clemens.

Florida House Bill 659

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Housing Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Florida residents are protected from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Rep. Raschein. 

Florida Senate Bill 1064

pro-LGBT public student discipline bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill protects LGBT students by revising the duties of the district school boards relating to student discipline and school safety by including protecting students against bullying based upon their sexual orientation or gender identity. It was introduced by Sen. Powell.

Florida Senate Bill 410

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Wage Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill (identical to HB319) protects Florida’s transgender employees by revising provisions prohibiting wage discrimination on basis of sex to include discrimination on basis of gender identity. It also prohibits employers from providing less favorable employment opportunities to employees based on sex or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Stewart.

Florida Senate Bill 666

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill, known as the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act,” will update existing state law to ensure that LGBT Floridians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations. The bill was introduced bySen. Clemens and Rep. Diamond.

Florida Senate Bill 742

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Housing Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Florida residents are protected from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Latvala.

Georgia House Bill 16

LGBT-Inclusive Anti-Bullying Bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill prohibits bullying and harassment of students and school employees in elementary and secondary education, including on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression. The bill was introduced by Rep. Waites.

Georgia House Bill 488

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for civil rights in Georgia, will create a state civil rights law to ensure that all Georgians are protected from discrimination  in employment, housing, and public accommodations, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill was introduced by Rep. Stacey Evans.

Georgia House Bill 552

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Employment Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill would update existing Georgia law to ensure that all public officers and employees are protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Rep. Drenner.

Georgia House Resolution 404

Proposes Study Committee for Inclusive Nondiscrimination Law

Status: To House Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ga State Page

Ths bill creates the Joint Study Committee on Comprehensive Civil Rights Legislation to study protecting individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Stacey Evans.

Georgia Senate Bill 119

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Georgia, will ensure that all Georgians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Sen. Lester Jackson.

Georgia Senate Bill 233

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Sen votes 18-34 against engrossment (amendments will be permitted). Assigned to Rules Committee
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill GA State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Georgians. The bill was introduced by Sen. Marty Harbin.

Georgia Senate Bill 30

Inclusive Nondiscrimination School Grant Program

Status: Passed Senate
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill provide for Sustainable Community School Operational Grants. It requires that grant applicants not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It was introduced by Sen. Vincent Fort.

Georgia Senate Resolution 105

Permits Public Funding of Religious Institutions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill proposes an amendment to the Georgia constitution that would create the possibility of taxpayer-funded discrimination by allowing religious or faith-based organizations to receive public aid, directly or indirectly.

Hawaii House Bill 1489

Inclusive Publicly Funded Program Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Bill scheduled to be heard by JUD on Tuesday, 02-28-17 2:00PM in House conference room 325.
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill protects LGBT Hawaiians by prohibiting any state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying benefits to, or discriminating against a qualified individual by reason of sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. It was introduced by  Rep. Belatti.

Hawaii House Bill 800

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" practice among health professionals

Status: Referred to Committees
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill, which seeks to protect LGBT youth in Hawaii, prohibits professional counseling professionals from  engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising efforts for anti-gay “reparative therapy,” a practice banned by the ACA Code of Ethics, on Hawaii residents under eighteen years of age.

Hawaii House Bill 823

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse for discriminate against LGBT Hawaiians, exempting themselves from sections of an inclusive non-discrimination law that has protected LGBT people in the state for years. It was introduced by Rep. McDermott.

Hawaii Senate Bill 1265

Inclusive Publicly Funded Program Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Referred to Committee on Judiciary & Labor
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill protects LGBT Hawaiians by prohibiting any state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying benefits to, or discriminating against a qualified individual by reason of sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. It was introduced by  Sen. Baker.

Hawaii Senate Bill 270

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" practice among health professionals

Status: Referred to Committee
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill, which seeks to protect LGBT youth in Hawaii, prohibits professional counseling professionals from  engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising efforts for anti-gay “reparative therapy,” a practice banned by the ACA Code of Ethics, on Hawaii residents under eighteen years of age.

Hawaii Senate Concurrent Resolution 39

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Committee on Judiciary & Labor
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill protects Hawaii’s LGBT children by prohibiting persons licensed to provide counseling services to propose to engage or engage in so-called “conversion therapy” with a person under 18 years of age.

Illinois House Bill 664

Anti-transgender public student restrictions

Status: Assigned to Human Services Committee
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill il State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Illinois, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Rep. Morrison.

Illinois Senate Bill 64

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill il State Page

This bill targets LGBT people, as well unmarried straight couples and single moms, by preventing enforcement of nondiscrimination laws against those who claim to “[believe] or acts under a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is only between one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” It was introduced by Sen. Kyle McCarter.

Indiana House Bill 1361

Anti-transgender birth certificate restrictions

Status: Dead
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill, which targets Indiana’s transgender residents, provides that, subject to certain exceptions, the gender listed on an individual’s birth certificate and permanent record made from the birth certificate may not be changed.

Indiana Senate Bill 16

Permit religious refusal of anti-discrimination protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill will broadly define “religious organizations,” allowing for the possibility of organizations invoking religion as a defense for violating anti-discrimination laws.

Indiana Senate Bill 336

Inclusive Bias-motivated Crime Protections

Status: Introduced, referred to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill adds gender identity and gender expression to the classes covered  by Indiana’s  bias-motivated crime law. It was introduced by Sen. Greg Taylor.

Indiana Senate Bill 487

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Assigned to Senate Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Indiana, will extend existing state law to ensure that LGBT Hoosiers are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It was introduced by Sen. Timothy Lanane.

Indiana Senate Bill 56

Permit religious refusal of anti-discrimination protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill will broadly define “religious organizations,” allowing for the possibility of organizations invoking religion as a defense for violating anti-discrimination laws. It is identical to Indiana SB 16.

Indiana Senate Bill 68

Repeals state same-sex marriage ban

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill will repeal statutory text that restricts a marriage to be between only a male and a female and statutory text that provides that a marriage between persons of the same gender is void in Indiana. It was introduced by Sen. Jean Breaux.

Iowa House Bill 424

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy"

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ia State Page

This bill protects LGBT Iowans by prohibiting mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression change efforts with a patient of any age. It was introduced by Rep. M. Smith.

Kansas House Bill 2123

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ks State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Kansas, will extend existing state law to ensure that Kansans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by the House State Affairs committee.

Kansas House Bill 2171

Anti-transgender public student restrictions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ks State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Kansas, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee

Kentucky House Bill 105

Creates Sweeping Rights for Religious Refusals

Status: Introduced in the House
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ky State Page

This bill creates an overly broad definition of religious, expressive, artistic and/or creative freedom –  that is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people. This bill was introduced by Rep. Rick Nelson.

Kentucky House Bill 141

Anti-transgender public student restrictions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ky State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Kentucky, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender public school student. The bill was introduced by Rep. Rick Nelson.

Kentucky Senate Bill 63

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ky State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Kentucky, would extend existing state law to ensure that Kentuckians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Sen. Morgan McGarvey.

Louisiana Senate Bill 155

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: Referred to Senate Labor
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill la State Page

This bill will  ensure that all Louisiana workers are protected from discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Sen. Troy Carter and would ensure that all Louisiana employees are fully protected from discrimination.

Massachusetts House Bill 1190

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ma State Page

This bill protects Massachusetts’ LGBT children by prohibiting state-licensed mental health professionals from subjecting minors to so-called “conversion therapy”to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity with a person under 18 years of age. It was introduced by Rep. Khan and is identical to SB62.

 

Massachusetts Senate Bill 1715

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Status: Referred to Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ma State Page

Requires the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to include representatives of the LGBTQ community. It was introduced by Sen. Hinds.

Massachusetts Senate Bill 62

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ma State Page

This bill protects Massachusetts’ LGBT children by prohibiting state-licensed mental health professionals from subjecting minors to so-called “conversion therapy”to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity with a person under 18 years of age. It was introduced by Sen. Montigny and is identical to HB1190.

Minnesota House Bill 2553

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mn State Page

This bill, designed to target LGBT people in Minnesota, amends the state’s Human Rights Act to restrict restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender and possibly LGB people as well. The bill was introduced by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen.

Minnesota House Bill 41

Restricts restroom access for transgender students

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mn State Page

This bill targets transgender students in Minnesota public schools. It requires that all school restrooms, locker rooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms for use by multiple students be designated for and used by male or female students only. Defines sex as being determined by chromosomes and sex assigned at birth. This bill was introduced by Rep. Duane Quam.

Mississippi House Bill 1344

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Employment Protections

Status: Referred to House Judiciary B Committee
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Mississippi, will extend existing state law to ensure that Mississippians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public employment. The bill was introduced by Rep. Jarvis Dortch.

Mississippi House Bill 654

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Housing Protections

Status: Referred To Ways and Means Committee
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill protects Mississippians from housing-related discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Rep. Dortch.

Mississippi House Bill 668

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee A
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Mississippi, would extend existing state law to ensure that Mississippians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Hines.

Mississippi House Bill 846

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee A
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it permits a very broadly defined list of entities and individuals, even possibly public officials, to discriminate against any couple, including LGBT, interfaith, or interracial couples, by allowing them to refuse to solemnize or celebrate any marriage because of a “sincerely held religious belief.” This includes “providing services…or privileges.”  The bill was filed by Rep. Lamar.

Mississippi Senate Bill 2341

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee A
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Mississippi, will extend existing state law to ensure that Mississippians are broadly protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Senator Simmons.

Mississippi Senate Bill 2739

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Employment Protections

Status: Referred To Senate Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Mississippi, will extend existing state law to ensure that Mississippians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public employment and housing. The bill was introduced by Sen. Deborah Jeanne Dawkins.

Missouri House Bill 202

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Missouri, restricts multi-person public restroom access for transgender people. The bill was introduced by Rep. Pogue.

Missouri House Bill 205

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it permits public officials (judges) to discriminate against any couple, including LGBT, interfaith, or interracial couples, by allowing them to refuse to solemnize any marriage “contrary to [the judge’s] religious beliefs or sincerely held moral convictions.”

Missouri House Bill 485

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: 3/29/17- Referred to House Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, known as the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) will extend existing state law to ensure that Missourians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations.. The senate version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Randy Dunn.

Missouri House Bill 550

Weakens State Nondiscrimination Law

Status: 01/25/2017 - Referred to House Special Committee on Litigation Reform
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill weakens discrimination protections for all Missourians, including LGBT people, by raising the standard for proving discrimination claims and exempting employees from being held liable for discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Missouri House Bill 552

Weakens State Nondiscrimination Law

Status: 01/25/2017 - Referred to House Special Committee on Litigation Reform
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill weakens discrimination protections for all Missourians, including LGBT people, by raising the standard for proving discrimination claims and exempting employees from being held liable for discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act. It is similar to HB 550 and SB 43. It was introduced by Rep. Austin.

Missouri House Bill 745

Anti-transgender public student restrictions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Missouri, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Rep. Brattin.

Missouri House Bill 846

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, known as the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) will extend existing state law to ensure that Missourians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations.. The senate version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Greg Razer.

Missouri House Bill 911

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill will extend existing state law to ensure that Missourians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations.. The bill was introduced by Rep. Ellington.

Missouri House Joint Resolution 3

Proposes pro-RFRA constitutional amendment

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill mo State Page

This resolution proposes a Constitutional amendment regarding judicial procedure in a manner intended to strengthen the claims of religious refusals.

Missouri Senate Bill 338

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, known as the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) will extend existing state law to ensure that Missourians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations.. The senate version of the bill was introduced by Sen. Jill Schupp.

Missouri Senate Bill 43

Weakens State Nondiscrimination Law

Status: 4/20/17- Passed House Fiscal Review Committee (already passed Senate)
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill weakens discrimination protections for all Missourians, including LGBT people, by raising the standard for proving discrimination claims and exempting employees from being held liable for discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Missouri Senate Bill 98

Restricts Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Status: Assigned to Senate Education
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Missouri, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Sen. Emery.

Missouri Senate Joint Resolution 6

Restricts judicial discretion on constitutional rights

Status: 2/2/17: To Senate Judiciary
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill mo State Page

This Senate Joint Resolution proposes constitutional amendment purports to protect religious freedom by restricting the judiciary’s ability to weigh various and rights protected by law. It orders judges to rule a certain way without knowing any facts or context. If passed and approved by Missouri voters, it would permit an individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people.

Montana House Bill 609

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: 3/27/17- Defeated in House Judiciary 7Y-11N. Slight chance of revival by either committee or full House vote.
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mt State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Montana and public school students in particular. It restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender public school students as well as anyone in a government building. The bill was introduced by Rep. Glimm.

Nebraska Legislature Bill 173

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ne State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Nebraska, will extend existing state law to ensure that Nebraskans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Senator Adam Morfeld.

Nevada Senate Bill 201

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy.
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill nv State Page

This bill protects LGBT Nevadans by prohibiting mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression change efforts with a person under 18 years of age. It was introduced by Sen. David Parks.

New Hampshire House Bill 478

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: 2/22/17: Passed House HHS 15Y-2N
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill nh State Page

This bill protects LGBT New Hampshire residents by prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity; this bill also defines gender identity. It was introduced by Rep. Ed Butler.

New Hampshire House Bill 587

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill nh State Page

This bill protects New Hampshire’s LGBT children by prohibiting persons licensed to provide counseling services to propose to engage or engage in so-called “conversion therapy” with a person under 18 years of age.

New Mexico Senate Bill 121

Inclusive Conversion Therapy Ban

Status: 02/16/17: Passed Senate
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill nm State Page

This bill enacts a new section of the Unfair Practices Act to declare so-called “conversion therapy” (any practice or treatment that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity) on a minor to be unlawful within the meaning of the Unfair Practices Act. It was introduced by Sen. Jacob Candelaria.

New York House Bill 5422

Anti-transgender public student accommodations bill

Status: To House Govt. Operations
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in New York, particularly transgender public school students, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students in public schools and universities, as well as public agencies. The bill was introduced by Rep. Murray.

New York Senate Bill 263

Bans anti-LGBT conversion therapy for minors

Status: Referred to Higher Education
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill prohibits mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by upon patients under eighteen years of age, designating such efforts as professional misconduct. This bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

New York Senate Bill 41

Adds SOGI/E to required demographic categories

Status: Referred to Senate Finance
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill adds categories and tabulations for sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the demographic information collected by certain state agencies, boards and commissions for the purposes of reporting New York’s state demographics. This bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

New York Senate Bill 50

Eliminates "gay panic" defense for 2nd degree murder

Status: Referred to Senate Codes
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill will restrict the “a non-violent sexual advance or the discovery of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity” from being offered as ” a reasonable explanation or excuse” in defense of a second degree murder charge. This bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

New York Senate Bill 502

Inclusive Comprehensive Nondiscrimination & Hate Crime Protections

Status: 4/25/17- Hearing, 1pm in Senate Investigations, Rm 816. (passed House)
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill will extend existing state law to ensure that New Yorkers are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. It will also expand the state’s hate crime laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Sen. Daniel Squadron.

New York Senate Bill 51

Grants state benefits to discharged LGBT vets

Status: Referred to Senate Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill grants state benefits for LGBT vets discharged less than honorably due to their orientation, gender identity or expression.

New York Senate Bill 55

Ensures contracting opportunities for LGBT small businesses

Status: Referred to Senate Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill will ensure equal access to contracting opportunities for certified LGBT,
disability, and veteran-owned small businesses. This bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

North Dakota House Bill 1386

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Did not advance
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill nd State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in North Dakota, would extend existing state law to ensure that North Dakotans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Boschee.

Ohio House Bill 36

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill oh State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it is intended to permit religious organizations that rent their facilities to the public to discriminate against LGBT couples. It was introduced by Rep. Vitale.

Oklahoma House Bill 1507

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Child Welfare Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it will allow private child-placing agencies to refuse participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption
when the proposed placement would violate the written religious or
moral convictions or policies of the agency. It was introduced by Rep. Strohm.

Oklahoma House Bill 1816

Expanded Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Referred to House Rules
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill will extend existing state law to state that Oklahomans are protected from discrimination based on “sex or gender, which shall include assumptions and stereotypes associated with sex-based considerations”  in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Dunnington.

Oklahoma House Joint Resolution 1023

Proposes Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment

Status: Referred to Rules Committee
Type: Religious Refusals Local Control
Text of Bill ok State Page

This resolution proposes a Constitutional amendment that, if approved by the voters of Oklahoma, would legally allow private businesses, religious organizations, and individuals to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Oklahomans. It was introduced by Rep. Jordan.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 197

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions & Local Control Bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Local Control
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Oklahomans. It was introduced by Sen. Silk.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 530

Broad Anti-LGBT Religious Refusals Bill

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom, but in reality it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Oklahomans. It was introduced by Sen. Brecheen.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 694

Blocks Municipalities from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination

Status: 02/20/17- From Senate General Govt: Do pass as substituted. Title Stricken
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill, designed to target LGBT individuals in Oklahoma, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting or enforcing ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The bill was introduced by Sen. Brecheen.

Oklahoma Senate Joint Resolution 36

Anti-transgender student restrictions

Status: Referred to Rules Committee
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Oklahoma, rejects the federal government’s trans-inclusive guidelines for public school districts. It would also codify a rejection of transgender Oklahomans in state law. It was introduced by Sen. Brecheen.

Oregon House Bill 2677

Inclusive Nondiscrimination State Contractor Protections

Status: Referred to House Business & Labor
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill or State Page

This bill prohibits Oregon’s state contracting agency from entering public contracts that exceed $100,000 with any contractor that discriminates on the basis of an employee or employee’s dependent on basis of employee’s or dependent’s actual or perceived gender identity. It was introduced by Rep. Rob Nosse.

Rhode Island House Bill 5198

Restores State Benefits for LGB Veterans

Status: Referred to House Finance
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ri State Page

This bill restores LGB Rhode Island veterans’ rights to state benefits by permitting the recipients of general or an “Undesirable — Class I or II Homosexual” discharges to qualify for state veterans’ benefits when the discharge was based on the veteran’s sexual orientation. It was introduced by Rep. Vella-Wilkinson.

South Carolina House Bill 3012

Anti-Transgender Local Control Bill

Status: To House Judiciary
Type: Anti-Transgender Other Anti-LGBT Bills Local Control
Text of Bill sc State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender individuals in South Carolina, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting ordinances that protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steven Long.

South Carolina House Bill 3021

Adds sexual orientation to protected classes

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill sc State Page

This bill will update existing South Carolina law to add sexual orientation, but not gender identity, as a class protected from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. J. Todd Rutherford.

South Carolina House Bill 3891

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: Referred to House Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill sc State Page

This bill, the “Workplace Freedom Act” will update existing South Carolina law to add sexual orientation and gender identity, as classes protected from employment discrimination. The bill was introduced by Rep. J.E. Smith.

South Dakota Senate Bill 115

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill sd State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender public school students in South Dakota, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Sen. Russell.

South Dakota Senate Bill 149

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Adoption Bill

Status: 3/10/17- Signed into law by Governor
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill sd State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow South Dakota adoption agencies and child placement services to use religion as an excuse to use taxpayer dollars to discriminate against adoptive parents and children, including those who are LGBT. It was introduced by Senator Solano. 

Tennessee House Bill 1111

Anti-transgender legal definition restrictions

Status: 3/16/17- Passed House 70Y- 23N. Engrossed, ready for transmission to Senate
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill could be used to restrict the rights of transgender Tennesseans. It requires that undefined words be given their natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest. It was introduced by Rep. Farmer and is identical to SB1085.

Tennessee Senate Bill 1

Protects Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy" Counseling

Status: In Senate. Read second time. Held on desk.
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tn State Page

The purpose of this bill is to allow Tennessee counselors to offer anti-LGBT “reparative therapy,” a practiced banned by the ACA Code of Ethics. This bill prohibits the Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists from adopting “any rule that incorporates by reference a national association’s code of ethics, including, but not limited to, the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics.”  The bill was introduced by Sen. Jack Johnson.

Tennessee Senate Bill 1183

Anti-transgender legal definition restrictions

Status: 4/11/17- Referred to Senate Judiciary General Subcommittee
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This anti-transgender bill requires the constitutions and laws of the United States and Tennessee to be interpreted in a manner to preserve their meaning at the time written. It was introduced by Sen. Nicely and is identical to HB676.

Tennessee Senate Bill 127

Blocks Municipalities from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination

Status: 3/9/17- Passed Senate as amended (25Y-5N, PNV 3) Engrossed, now to House
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill, designed to target LGBT individuals in Tennessee, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The bill was introduced by Sen. Mark Green and is identical to HB54. 

Tennessee Senate Bill 30

Anti-transgender discrimination bill

Status: To Senate Judiciary
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This anti-transgender bill requires that the words “husband,” “wife,” “mother,” and “father” be given their natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language and that are based on the biological distinctions between men and women. It was introduced by Sen. Bowling and is identical to HB33.

Tennessee Senate Bill 449

Anti-LGBT Professional Guidelines Bill

Status: 4/20/17- Transmitted to Governor for action
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill requires state governmental entities that establish or adopt guides to practice to do so through the promulgation of rules; guides to practice include codes of ethics, voluntary certification programs, and other measures required to ensure minimum quality of service. It’s designed to restrict Tennessee’s professional counseling industry from adopting LGBT-inclusive best practices endorsed by the American Counseling Association. It was introduced by Sen. Bell.

Tennessee Senate Bill 752

Anti-LGBT Marriage Bill

Status: Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill targets LGBT Tennesseans by enacting the so-called “Natural Marriage Defense Act,” which states the policy of Tennessee to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary. It was introduced by Sen. Beavers and is identical to HB 892.

Tennessee Senate Bill 771

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: 3/8/16: Hearing in Senate Education
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Tennessee, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Sen. Beavers. It is identical to HB 888.

Tennessee Senate Bill 816

Anti-transgender legal definition restrictions

Status: 4/19/17- Signed by Governor
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill purports to be about public safety- it gives immunity from civil or criminal liability to a person for making a report to law enforcement of suspicious activity or behavior if the report is based on articulable suspicion. It could be used to target transgender people in Tennessee. It was introduced by Sen. Green and is identical to HB1366.

Tennessee Senate Bill 903

Blocks Municipalities from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination

Status: Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill restricts cities and counties from passing pro-LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances by prohibiting allocation of state sales tax revenue to any municipality that refuses to enforce state laws. It was introduced by Sen. Holt and is identical to HB634.

Texas House Bill 1018

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Insurance Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill protects LGBT Texans by prohibiting insurance discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It was introduced by Rep. Alonzo.

Texas House Bill 1362

Anti-transgender local control bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill targets transgender Texans, particularly students, by preventing any state or local government agency from passing or enforcing gender-identity inclusive public accommodation laws or policies in public schools or private businesses.

Texas House Bill 1805

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Child Welfare Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it will allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and child welfare service providers to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. It was introduced by Rep. Sanford and is a companion bill to SB892.

Texas House Bill 1813

Anti-LGBT Marriage License Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill allows county clerks to discriminate against same-sex couples by passing off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. It was introduced by Rep. Flynn.

Texas House Bill 192

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Housing Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill protects Texans from housing-related discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Rep. Diego Bernal.

Texas House Bill 1923

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

 This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate almost anyone in Texas, including LGBT people, unmarried straight couples, and single mothers. The bill was introduced by Rep. Matt Krause.

Texas House Bill 1923

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill is a state version of the federal bill known as the “First Amendment Defense Act” purports to protect religious freedom. In reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against not only LGBT Texans, but unmarried straight couples and single mothers. The bill was introduced by Rep. Krause and is a companion bill to SB893.

Texas House Bill 225

Prohibits anti-LGBT employment discrimination

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Texas residents are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in employment. The bill was introduced by Rep. Eric Johnson and will ensure that all Texans – including LGBT Texans – are fully protected from discrimination in the workplace.

Texas House Bill 2312

Protects Sexual Orientation in Housing Nondiscrimination

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that Texas residents are protected from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, though not gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Rep. Dukes.

Texas House Bill 258

Restricts state contracts based on nondiscrimination

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will prohibit the award of a state agency contract to a person in a state with laws allowing or requiring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Texas House Bill 2779

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Texans. The bill was introduced by Rep. Schaefer.

Texas House Bill 2899

Anti-LGBT Local Control Bill

Status: 4/19/17- House State Affairs hearing
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would ban cities, schools, and other local entities from passing or enforcing nondiscrimination protections in multiple-occupancy bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities, for anyone not covered under state or federal law. That includes any existing or future protections not only for LGBT Texans, but also on the basis of military status, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It would also nullify all non-discrimination ordinances that provide those protections. It was introduced by Rep. Simmons.

Texas House Bill 3859

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Child Welfare Bill

Status: 3/29/17- Left pending in House State Affairs
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it will allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and child welfare service providers to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. It was introduced by Rep. Frank.

Texas House Bill 428

Anti-LGBT Public University Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would permit public university student organizations to discriminate against LGBT students by granting the organization an exemption from the institution’s nondiscrimination policies if such policies do not conform to the student organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

Texas House Bill 494

State Employee Travel Ban to Discriminatory States

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will ban non-essential travel by Texas state employees to a state with laws allowing or requiring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. It was introduced by Rep. Rafael Anchia.

Texas House Bill 569

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type:
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill, designed to protect LGBT children in Texas, will ban unprofessional conduct by mental health providers who attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a child. It was introduced by Rep. Celia Israel.

Texas House Bill 573

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill updates Texas’ statutes by repealing those that criminalized LGB people, which were ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 2003, and revising certain parenting laws to reflect to legalization of same-sex marriage.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Thompson. It is identical to SB 251.

Texas House Bill 876

Inclusive Nondiscrimination State Contractor Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will protect LGBT Texans by preventing employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression by state contractors; provides an administrative penalty. It was introduced by Rep. Chris Turner.

Texas House Bill 943

Establishes State Transgender Health Advisory Committee

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill establishes the Texas Transgender Healthcare Advisory Committee. It will provide recommendations on the health care and insurance needs for transgender Texans and
the adverse health impacts for patients who do not meet traditional gender standards under the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  It was introduced by Rep. Howard.

Texas House Bill 96

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill repeals Texas’ statutes that criminalized LGB people, which were ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 2003. This bill was introduced by Rep. Moody. It is identical to SB 166.

Texas Senate Bill 1113

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Accomodation Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would expand public accommodation protections for transgender Texans by requiring publicly owned entities to allow a person to use a bathroom or changing facility located in the building consistent with the person’s gender identity or gender expression. The bill was introduced by Sen. Garcia.

Texas Senate Bill 165

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections for Housing, Employment and Public Accomodations

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill ensures that Texans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Sen. José Rodríguez.

Texas Senate Bill 166

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill repeals Texas’ statutes that criminalized LGB people, which were ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 2003. This bill was introduced by Sen. Rodríguez. It is identical to HB 96.

Texas Senate Bill 236

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill repeals several Texas’ statutes that criminalized LGB people and banned same-sex marriage, all of which have been ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. This bill was introduced by Sen. Menéndez.

Texas Senate Bill 242

Anti-LGBT Student privacy bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Texas, will require teachers and school staff to “out” LGBT students to their parents, even if doing so is against a student’s wishes. The bill was introduced by Sen. Konni Burton.

Texas Senate Bill 251

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill updates Texas’ statutes by repealing those that criminalized LGB people, which were ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 2003, and revising certain parenting laws to reflect to legalization of same-sex marriage.  This bill was introduced by Sen. Rodríguez. It is identical to HB 573.

Texas Senate Bill 522

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: 3/30/17- Public Hearing in Senate State Affairs. Still awaiting committee vote.
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill allows those public officials licensed by the state of Texas to issue marriage certificates to opt out of doing their job duty, i.e. issuing a marriage certificate to a same-sex couple, if it would conflict with a sincerely held religious belief.

Texas Senate Bill 6

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: 3/7/16: Passed Hearing in Senate State Affairs (8Y-1N) To full Senate
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill bans local governments from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances that protect transgender people, or from requiring companies with city contracts from having similar corporate policies. It also restricts restroom and locker room access for transgender people in government buildings, public schools and universities. The bill was introduced by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.

Texas Senate Bill 651

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would prevent state agencies that regulate Texas’ more than 65 licensed occupations, including doctors, teachers, therapists and mental health counselors, from enforcing  professional standards of licensure for those who claims religious objections to complying with those regulations. It was introduced by Sen. Perry.

Texas Senate Bill 651

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Referred to Business & Commerce
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow state-licensed individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Texans. The bill was introduced by Sen. Perry.

Texas Senate Bill 892

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Child Welfare Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it will allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and child welfare service providers to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. It was introduced by Sen. Perry and is a companion bill to HB1805.

Texas Senate Bill 893

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill is a state version of the federal bill known as the “First Amendment Defense Act” purports to protect religious freedom. In reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against not only LGBT Texans, but unmarried straight couples and single mothers. The bill was introduced by Sen. Hughes and is a companion bill to HB1923.

Texas Senate Bill 92

Blocks Municipalities from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination

Status: Referred to Senate Business & Commerce
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill, designed to target LGBT individuals in Texas, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The bill was introduced by Sen. Bob Hall.

Texas Senate Joint Resolution 44

Constitutional Amendment for Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This resolution proposes an amendment to the Texas state constitution providing for the recognition of equal rights of all people, including LGBT people.

Virginia House Bill 1612

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: Defeated
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Virginia –particularly transgender students– restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender people. It also requires public school staff to out trans students to their parents regardless of the student’s wishes. The bill was introduced by Del. Robert Marshall.

Virginia House Bill 1667

Anti-LGBT Restrictions on Corporate Nondiscrimination

Status: Defeated
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill prohibits public agencies from requiring any contractor entering into a public contract to agree to additional nondiscrimination provisions with respect to gender identity or sexual orientation. It also provides civil immunity for any business or nonprofit organization that does not provide any benefit or accommodation with respect to gender identity.

Virginia House Bill 1702

Expands 'hate crime' legislation to include LGBT people

Status: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill would expand the state’s existing “hate crime” legislation to also include crimes perpetrated against a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill was introduced by Rep. Sullivan.

Virginia House Bill 1776

Expands 'hate crime' legislation to include LGBT people

Status: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill would expand the state’s existing “hate crime” legislation to also include crimes perpetrated against a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill was introduced by Rep. Plum.

Virginia House Bill 2025

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Defeated- Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on 3/23/17
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any religiously affiliated individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Virginians, even while accepting taxpayer dollars.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Nicholas Freitas.

Virginia House Bill 2057

Prohibits anti-LGBT employment discrimination

Status: Referred to Committee on General Laws
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Virginia residents are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in employment. The bill was introduced by Rep. Kory and will ensure that all Virginians – including LGBT Virginians – are fully protected from discrimination in the workplace.

Virginia House Bill 2129

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Referred to Committee on General Laws
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Virginia residents are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Levine and will ensure that all Virginians – including LGBT Virginians – are fully protected from discrimination.

Virginia Senate Bill 1324

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: Defeated- Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on 3/23/17
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it permits public officials (judges) to discriminate against an LGBT couple by allowing them to discriminated based on a “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.” The bill was introduced by Senator Carrico.

Virginia Senate Bill 783

Prohibits anti-LGBT public employment discrimination

Status: From Senate General Laws & Technology: Reported favorably.
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in public employment. The bill was introduced by Sen. Adam Ebbin.

Virginia Senate Bill 822

Prohibits anti-LGBT housing discrimination

Status: From Senate General Laws & Technology: Reported favorably.
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Virginia, will extend existing state law to ensure that Virginians are protected from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Sen. Jennifer Wexton.

Washington House Bill 1011

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: 4/24/17- Reintroduced for 1st special session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill wa State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Washington, restricts public restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender individuals. The bill was introduced by Rep. David Taylor.

Washington House Bill 1178

Broad Anti-LGBT Religious Refusals Bill

Status: 4/24/17-reintroduced for 1st special session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill wa State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Washingtonians. It attempts to codify three objections to LGBT people – that marriage is restricted to different-sex couples, that sex should be restricted to such a marriage, and that gender is defined at birth (an attempt to erase transgender people) – as religious speech. It also prevents local governments from enforcing LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. This bill was introduced by Rep. Shea.

Washington House Bill 1217

Broad Religious Refusal Carveout of State Non-Discrimination Law

Status: 4/24/17-reintroduced for 1st special session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill wa State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is a thinly veiled attempt to exempt religious individuals from following the state’s non-discrimination law, making it easier for opponents of LGBT equality to cite their religious views as an excuse for discriminating.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Klippert.

Washington Senate Bill 5722

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: 4/24/17-reintroduced for 1st special session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill wa State Page

This bill protects Washington State’s LGBT children by prohibiting state-licensed health care providers from subjecting minors to so-called “conversion therapy” to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity with a person under 18 years of age. It was introduced by Sen. Liias.

West Virginia House Bill 2623

Adds Sexual Orientation to Nondiscrimination Law

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wv State Page

This bill is only an partial step towards LGBT nondiscrimination protections for West Virginians. It will extend existing state law to ensure that West Virginians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation –but not gender identity or expression– in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Del. Fleischauer.

West Virginia House Bill 2670

Adds Sexual Orientation to Nondiscrimination Law

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wv State Page

This bill takes a small step in the right direction for LGB non-discrimination in West Virginia, will extend existing state law to ensure that West Virginians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation –but not gender identity or expression– in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Del. Lane.

West Virginia House Bill 2748

Adds LGBT protections to hate crime law

Status: Referred to House Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wv State Page

This bill protects LGBT West Virginians by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as classes protected by existing hate crime legislation. The bill was introduced by Del. Walters.

Wyoming House Bill 135

Broad Anti-LGBT Religious Refusals Bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Religious Refusals Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Wyomingites. It also prevents local governments from enforcing LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. This bill was introduced by Rep. Steinmetz.

Wyoming House Bill 244

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill criminalizes transgender Wyoming residents by creating the crime of public indecency for using a public bathroom or changing facility designated for the opposite sex than the one “identified at birth.

Wyoming Senate Bill 153

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: 2/2/17: Passed Senate Minerals, Business & Economic Dev on 4-1 vote, on to full Senate
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill will ensure that Wyoming’s LGBT employees are protected from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Rothfuss.

Non-Discrimination Legislation

Alabama House Bill 74

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill protects LGBT Alabamans from discriminatory payment and employment practices based upon sexual orientation or gender identity. It was introduced by Rep. England.

Alabama Senate Bill 141

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Employment Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill al State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that Alabama’s public employees are protected from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Singleton.

Arizona House Bill 2364

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill az State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Arizona, will extend existing state law to ensure that Arizonans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Rebecca Rios.

Arizona Senate Bill 1320

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill az State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Arizona, will extend existing state law to ensure that Arizonans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Identical to HB2364, this bill was introduced by Sen. Katie Hobbs.

Arizona Senate Bill 1382

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill az State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Arizona workers are protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity or expression in public accommodations. It was introduced by Sen. Bowie.

Arkansas House Bill 1797

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Arkansas, will extend existing state law (Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993) to ensure that Arkansans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Leding.

Florida House Bill 319

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Wage Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill (identical to SB410) protects Florida’s transgender employees by revising provisions prohibiting wage discrimination on basis of sex to include discrimination on basis of gender identity. It also prohibits employers from providing less favorable employment opportunities to employees based on sex or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Rep. Berman.

Florida House Bill 623

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that LGBT Floridians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Diamond and Sen. Clemens.

Florida House Bill 659

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Housing Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Florida residents are protected from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Rep. Raschein. 

Florida Senate Bill 410

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Wage Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill (identical to HB319) protects Florida’s transgender employees by revising provisions prohibiting wage discrimination on basis of sex to include discrimination on basis of gender identity. It also prohibits employers from providing less favorable employment opportunities to employees based on sex or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Stewart.

Florida Senate Bill 666

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill, known as the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act,” will update existing state law to ensure that LGBT Floridians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations. The bill was introduced bySen. Clemens and Rep. Diamond.

Florida Senate Bill 742

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Housing Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Florida residents are protected from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Latvala.

Georgia House Bill 488

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for civil rights in Georgia, will create a state civil rights law to ensure that all Georgians are protected from discrimination  in employment, housing, and public accommodations, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill was introduced by Rep. Stacey Evans.

Georgia House Bill 552

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Employment Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill would update existing Georgia law to ensure that all public officers and employees are protected from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Rep. Drenner.

Georgia House Resolution 404

Proposes Study Committee for Inclusive Nondiscrimination Law

Status: To House Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ga State Page

Ths bill creates the Joint Study Committee on Comprehensive Civil Rights Legislation to study protecting individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Stacey Evans.

Georgia Senate Bill 119

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Georgia, will ensure that all Georgians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Sen. Lester Jackson.

Hawaii House Bill 1489

Inclusive Publicly Funded Program Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Bill scheduled to be heard by JUD on Tuesday, 02-28-17 2:00PM in House conference room 325.
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill protects LGBT Hawaiians by prohibiting any state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying benefits to, or discriminating against a qualified individual by reason of sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. It was introduced by  Rep. Belatti.

Hawaii Senate Bill 1265

Inclusive Publicly Funded Program Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Referred to Committee on Judiciary & Labor
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill protects LGBT Hawaiians by prohibiting any state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying benefits to, or discriminating against a qualified individual by reason of sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. It was introduced by  Sen. Baker.

Indiana Senate Bill 487

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Assigned to Senate Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Indiana, will extend existing state law to ensure that LGBT Hoosiers are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It was introduced by Sen. Timothy Lanane.

Kansas House Bill 2123

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ks State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Kansas, will extend existing state law to ensure that Kansans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by the House State Affairs committee.

Kentucky Senate Bill 63

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ky State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Kentucky, would extend existing state law to ensure that Kentuckians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Sen. Morgan McGarvey.

Louisiana Senate Bill 155

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: Referred to Senate Labor
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill la State Page

This bill will  ensure that all Louisiana workers are protected from discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Sen. Troy Carter and would ensure that all Louisiana employees are fully protected from discrimination.

Mississippi House Bill 1344

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Employment Protections

Status: Referred to House Judiciary B Committee
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Mississippi, will extend existing state law to ensure that Mississippians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public employment. The bill was introduced by Rep. Jarvis Dortch.

Mississippi House Bill 654

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Housing Protections

Status: Referred To Ways and Means Committee
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill protects Mississippians from housing-related discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Rep. Dortch.

Mississippi House Bill 668

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee A
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Mississippi, would extend existing state law to ensure that Mississippians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Hines.

Mississippi Senate Bill 2341

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee A
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Mississippi, will extend existing state law to ensure that Mississippians are broadly protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Senator Simmons.

Mississippi Senate Bill 2739

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Employment Protections

Status: Referred To Senate Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Mississippi, will extend existing state law to ensure that Mississippians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public employment and housing. The bill was introduced by Sen. Deborah Jeanne Dawkins.

Missouri House Bill 485

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: 3/29/17- Referred to House Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, known as the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) will extend existing state law to ensure that Missourians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations.. The senate version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Randy Dunn.

Missouri House Bill 846

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, known as the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) will extend existing state law to ensure that Missourians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations.. The senate version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Greg Razer.

Missouri House Bill 911

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill will extend existing state law to ensure that Missourians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations.. The bill was introduced by Rep. Ellington.

Missouri Senate Bill 338

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, known as the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) will extend existing state law to ensure that Missourians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations.. The senate version of the bill was introduced by Sen. Jill Schupp.

Nebraska Legislature Bill 173

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ne State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Nebraska, will extend existing state law to ensure that Nebraskans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Senator Adam Morfeld.

New Hampshire House Bill 478

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: 2/22/17: Passed House HHS 15Y-2N
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill nh State Page

This bill protects LGBT New Hampshire residents by prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity; this bill also defines gender identity. It was introduced by Rep. Ed Butler.

New York Senate Bill 502

Inclusive Comprehensive Nondiscrimination & Hate Crime Protections

Status: 4/25/17- Hearing, 1pm in Senate Investigations, Rm 816. (passed House)
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill will extend existing state law to ensure that New Yorkers are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. It will also expand the state’s hate crime laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Sen. Daniel Squadron.

North Dakota House Bill 1386

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Did not advance
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill nd State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in North Dakota, would extend existing state law to ensure that North Dakotans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Boschee.

Oklahoma House Bill 1816

Expanded Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Referred to House Rules
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill will extend existing state law to state that Oklahomans are protected from discrimination based on “sex or gender, which shall include assumptions and stereotypes associated with sex-based considerations”  in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Dunnington.

Oregon House Bill 2677

Inclusive Nondiscrimination State Contractor Protections

Status: Referred to House Business & Labor
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill or State Page

This bill prohibits Oregon’s state contracting agency from entering public contracts that exceed $100,000 with any contractor that discriminates on the basis of an employee or employee’s dependent on basis of employee’s or dependent’s actual or perceived gender identity. It was introduced by Rep. Rob Nosse.

South Carolina House Bill 3021

Adds sexual orientation to protected classes

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill sc State Page

This bill will update existing South Carolina law to add sexual orientation, but not gender identity, as a class protected from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. J. Todd Rutherford.

South Carolina House Bill 3891

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: Referred to House Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill sc State Page

This bill, the “Workplace Freedom Act” will update existing South Carolina law to add sexual orientation and gender identity, as classes protected from employment discrimination. The bill was introduced by Rep. J.E. Smith.

Texas House Bill 1018

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Insurance Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill protects LGBT Texans by prohibiting insurance discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It was introduced by Rep. Alonzo.

Texas House Bill 192

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Housing Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill protects Texans from housing-related discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Rep. Diego Bernal.

Texas House Bill 225

Prohibits anti-LGBT employment discrimination

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Texas residents are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in employment. The bill was introduced by Rep. Eric Johnson and will ensure that all Texans – including LGBT Texans – are fully protected from discrimination in the workplace.

Texas House Bill 2312

Protects Sexual Orientation in Housing Nondiscrimination

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that Texas residents are protected from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, though not gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Rep. Dukes.

Texas House Bill 876

Inclusive Nondiscrimination State Contractor Protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will protect LGBT Texans by preventing employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression by state contractors; provides an administrative penalty. It was introduced by Rep. Chris Turner.

Texas Senate Bill 165

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections for Housing, Employment and Public Accomodations

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill ensures that Texans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Sen. José Rodríguez.

Texas Senate Joint Resolution 44

Constitutional Amendment for Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill tx State Page

This resolution proposes an amendment to the Texas state constitution providing for the recognition of equal rights of all people, including LGBT people.

Virginia House Bill 2057

Prohibits anti-LGBT employment discrimination

Status: Referred to Committee on General Laws
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Virginia residents are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in employment. The bill was introduced by Rep. Kory and will ensure that all Virginians – including LGBT Virginians – are fully protected from discrimination in the workplace.

Virginia House Bill 2129

Comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination bill

Status: Referred to Committee on General Laws
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill will update existing state law to ensure that all Virginia residents are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Levine and will ensure that all Virginians – including LGBT Virginians – are fully protected from discrimination.

Virginia Senate Bill 783

Prohibits anti-LGBT public employment discrimination

Status: From Senate General Laws & Technology: Reported favorably.
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in public employment. The bill was introduced by Sen. Adam Ebbin.

Virginia Senate Bill 822

Prohibits anti-LGBT housing discrimination

Status: From Senate General Laws & Technology: Reported favorably.
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill, which signals a step in the right direction for LGBT non-discrimination in Virginia, will extend existing state law to ensure that Virginians are protected from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The bill was introduced by Sen. Jennifer Wexton.

West Virginia House Bill 2623

Adds Sexual Orientation to Nondiscrimination Law

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wv State Page

This bill is only an partial step towards LGBT nondiscrimination protections for West Virginians. It will extend existing state law to ensure that West Virginians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation –but not gender identity or expression– in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Del. Fleischauer.

West Virginia House Bill 2670

Adds Sexual Orientation to Nondiscrimination Law

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wv State Page

This bill takes a small step in the right direction for LGB non-discrimination in West Virginia, will extend existing state law to ensure that West Virginians are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation –but not gender identity or expression– in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Del. Lane.

West Virginia House Bill 2748

Adds LGBT protections to hate crime law

Status: Referred to House Judiciary
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wv State Page

This bill protects LGBT West Virginians by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as classes protected by existing hate crime legislation. The bill was introduced by Del. Walters.

Wyoming Senate Bill 153

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Employment Protections

Status: 2/2/17: Passed Senate Minerals, Business & Economic Dev on 4-1 vote, on to full Senate
Type: Non-Discrimination
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill will ensure that Wyoming’s LGBT employees are protected from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was introduced by Sen. Rothfuss.

Anti-Transgender Legislation

Alabama Senate Bill 1

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill al State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Alabama, restricts public restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender people. Additionally it creates a “bounty” of at least $1000 for outing trans people in public restrooms. The bill was introduced by Sen. Williams.

Arkansas House Bill 1894

Anti-transgender birth certificate restrictions

Status: 3/16/17- Failed in House Public Health, Welfare & Labor. [Still eligible for rehearing]
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill targets transgender Arkansans by requiring that birth certificates list only the “biological sex” of an individual while “shall be determined at the time of birth based on the genetic code of an individual at birth.”

Arkansas House Bill 1986

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill targets transgender people in Arkansas by adding anti-transgender language to the existing law against indecent exposure.

 

Arkansas House Bill 2232

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization in Arkansas to use specific religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people– particularly those who are transgender. The bill was introduced by Rep. Ballinger.

Arkansas Senate Bill 346

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill targets transgender people in Arkansas. Though it contains no specific language as of yet, its title “Concerning Gender Identity and Bathroom Privileges,” makes its intent clear.

Arkansas Senate Bill 774

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: 3/30/17- Defeated
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Arkansas, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender people. The bill was introduced by Sen. Linda Collins-Smith.

Illinois House Bill 664

Anti-transgender public student restrictions

Status: Assigned to Human Services Committee
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill il State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Illinois, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Rep. Morrison.

Indiana House Bill 1361

Anti-transgender birth certificate restrictions

Status: Dead
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill, which targets Indiana’s transgender residents, provides that, subject to certain exceptions, the gender listed on an individual’s birth certificate and permanent record made from the birth certificate may not be changed.

Kansas House Bill 2171

Anti-transgender public student restrictions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ks State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Kansas, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee

Kentucky House Bill 141

Anti-transgender public student restrictions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ky State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Kentucky, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender public school student. The bill was introduced by Rep. Rick Nelson.

Minnesota House Bill 2553

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mn State Page

This bill, designed to target LGBT people in Minnesota, amends the state’s Human Rights Act to restrict restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender and possibly LGB people as well. The bill was introduced by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen.

Minnesota House Bill 41

Restricts restroom access for transgender students

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mn State Page

This bill targets transgender students in Minnesota public schools. It requires that all school restrooms, locker rooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms for use by multiple students be designated for and used by male or female students only. Defines sex as being determined by chromosomes and sex assigned at birth. This bill was introduced by Rep. Duane Quam.

Missouri House Bill 202

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Missouri, restricts multi-person public restroom access for transgender people. The bill was introduced by Rep. Pogue.

Missouri House Bill 745

Anti-transgender public student restrictions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Missouri, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Rep. Brattin.

Missouri Senate Bill 98

Restricts Restroom Access for Transgender Students

Status: Assigned to Senate Education
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Missouri, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Sen. Emery.

Montana House Bill 609

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: 3/27/17- Defeated in House Judiciary 7Y-11N. Slight chance of revival by either committee or full House vote.
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill mt State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Montana and public school students in particular. It restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender public school students as well as anyone in a government building. The bill was introduced by Rep. Glimm.

New York House Bill 5422

Anti-transgender public student accommodations bill

Status: To House Govt. Operations
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in New York, particularly transgender public school students, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students in public schools and universities, as well as public agencies. The bill was introduced by Rep. Murray.

Oklahoma House Bill 1507

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Child Welfare Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it will allow private child-placing agencies to refuse participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption
when the proposed placement would violate the written religious or
moral convictions or policies of the agency. It was introduced by Rep. Strohm.

Oklahoma Senate Joint Resolution 36

Anti-transgender student restrictions

Status: Referred to Rules Committee
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Oklahoma, rejects the federal government’s trans-inclusive guidelines for public school districts. It would also codify a rejection of transgender Oklahomans in state law. It was introduced by Sen. Brecheen.

South Carolina House Bill 3012

Anti-Transgender Local Control Bill

Status: To House Judiciary
Type: Anti-Transgender Other Anti-LGBT Bills Local Control
Text of Bill sc State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender individuals in South Carolina, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting ordinances that protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steven Long.

South Dakota Senate Bill 115

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill sd State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender public school students in South Dakota, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Sen. Russell.

Tennessee House Bill 1111

Anti-transgender legal definition restrictions

Status: 3/16/17- Passed House 70Y- 23N. Engrossed, ready for transmission to Senate
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill could be used to restrict the rights of transgender Tennesseans. It requires that undefined words be given their natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language, except when a contrary intention is clearly manifest. It was introduced by Rep. Farmer and is identical to SB1085.

Tennessee Senate Bill 1183

Anti-transgender legal definition restrictions

Status: 4/11/17- Referred to Senate Judiciary General Subcommittee
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This anti-transgender bill requires the constitutions and laws of the United States and Tennessee to be interpreted in a manner to preserve their meaning at the time written. It was introduced by Sen. Nicely and is identical to HB676.

Tennessee Senate Bill 30

Anti-transgender discrimination bill

Status: To Senate Judiciary
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This anti-transgender bill requires that the words “husband,” “wife,” “mother,” and “father” be given their natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language and that are based on the biological distinctions between men and women. It was introduced by Sen. Bowling and is identical to HB33.

Tennessee Senate Bill 771

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: 3/8/16: Hearing in Senate Education
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Tennessee, restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender students. The bill was introduced by Sen. Beavers. It is identical to HB 888.

Tennessee Senate Bill 816

Anti-transgender legal definition restrictions

Status: 4/19/17- Signed by Governor
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill purports to be about public safety- it gives immunity from civil or criminal liability to a person for making a report to law enforcement of suspicious activity or behavior if the report is based on articulable suspicion. It could be used to target transgender people in Tennessee. It was introduced by Sen. Green and is identical to HB1366.

Texas House Bill 1362

Anti-transgender local control bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill targets transgender Texans, particularly students, by preventing any state or local government agency from passing or enforcing gender-identity inclusive public accommodation laws or policies in public schools or private businesses.

Texas House Bill 2779

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Texans. The bill was introduced by Rep. Schaefer.

Texas House Bill 2899

Anti-LGBT Local Control Bill

Status: 4/19/17- House State Affairs hearing
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would ban cities, schools, and other local entities from passing or enforcing nondiscrimination protections in multiple-occupancy bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities, for anyone not covered under state or federal law. That includes any existing or future protections not only for LGBT Texans, but also on the basis of military status, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It would also nullify all non-discrimination ordinances that provide those protections. It was introduced by Rep. Simmons.

Texas Senate Bill 242

Anti-LGBT Student privacy bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender students in Texas, will require teachers and school staff to “out” LGBT students to their parents, even if doing so is against a student’s wishes. The bill was introduced by Sen. Konni Burton.

Texas Senate Bill 6

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: 3/7/16: Passed Hearing in Senate State Affairs (8Y-1N) To full Senate
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill bans local governments from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances that protect transgender people, or from requiring companies with city contracts from having similar corporate policies. It also restricts restroom and locker room access for transgender people in government buildings, public schools and universities. The bill was introduced by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.

Virginia House Bill 1612

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: Defeated
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Virginia –particularly transgender students– restricts restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender people. It also requires public school staff to out trans students to their parents regardless of the student’s wishes. The bill was introduced by Del. Robert Marshall.

Washington House Bill 1011

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: 4/24/17- Reintroduced for 1st special session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill wa State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender people in Washington, restricts public restroom, locker room, and shower access for transgender individuals. The bill was introduced by Rep. David Taylor.

Wyoming House Bill 135

Broad Anti-LGBT Religious Refusals Bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Religious Refusals Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Wyomingites. It also prevents local governments from enforcing LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. This bill was introduced by Rep. Steinmetz.

Wyoming House Bill 244

Anti-transgender public accomodation bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill criminalizes transgender Wyoming residents by creating the crime of public indecency for using a public bathroom or changing facility designated for the opposite sex than the one “identified at birth.

Religious Refusals Legislation

Alabama House Bill 24

Religious refusals for adoption agencies

Status: 4/26/17- Sent to Governor
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill al State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow adoption agencies to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people who wish to adopt children. The bill was introduced by Rep. Rich Wingo.

Alabama Senate Bill 145

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Adoption Bill

Status: Passed Senate HHS
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill al State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow child placement services and adoption agencies to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT parents and children. The bill was introduced by Sen. Hightower.

Arkansas House Bill 1628

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Healthcare Bill

Status: Defeated in House Public Health (8Y-11N) [Note- the bill can be still presented a second time]
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill, the so-called “Health Care Freedom of Conscience Act,” purports to protect religious freedom, but could be used to discriminate against Arkansans, particularly LGBT Arkansans, when they are at they most vulnerable- seeking health care for themselves and their families. It was introduced by Rep. Brandt Smith.

Arkansas House Bill 2232

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Anti-Transgender
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization in Arkansas to use specific religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people– particularly those who are transgender. The bill was introduced by Rep. Ballinger.

Colorado House Bill 1013

Religious Refusals Bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill co State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom, but in reality it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Coloradans. It was introduced by Rep. Stephen Humphrey.

Georgia Senate Bill 233

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Sen votes 18-34 against engrossment (amendments will be permitted). Assigned to Rules Committee
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill GA State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Georgians. The bill was introduced by Sen. Marty Harbin.

Georgia Senate Resolution 105

Permits Public Funding of Religious Institutions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill proposes an amendment to the Georgia constitution that would create the possibility of taxpayer-funded discrimination by allowing religious or faith-based organizations to receive public aid, directly or indirectly.

Hawaii House Bill 823

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse for discriminate against LGBT Hawaiians, exempting themselves from sections of an inclusive non-discrimination law that has protected LGBT people in the state for years. It was introduced by Rep. McDermott.

Illinois Senate Bill 64

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill il State Page

This bill targets LGBT people, as well unmarried straight couples and single moms, by preventing enforcement of nondiscrimination laws against those who claim to “[believe] or acts under a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is only between one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” It was introduced by Sen. Kyle McCarter.

Indiana Senate Bill 16

Permit religious refusal of anti-discrimination protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill will broadly define “religious organizations,” allowing for the possibility of organizations invoking religion as a defense for violating anti-discrimination laws.

Indiana Senate Bill 56

Permit religious refusal of anti-discrimination protections

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill will broadly define “religious organizations,” allowing for the possibility of organizations invoking religion as a defense for violating anti-discrimination laws. It is identical to Indiana SB 16.

Kentucky House Bill 105

Creates Sweeping Rights for Religious Refusals

Status: Introduced in the House
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ky State Page

This bill creates an overly broad definition of religious, expressive, artistic and/or creative freedom –  that is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people. This bill was introduced by Rep. Rick Nelson.

Mississippi House Bill 846

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee A
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ms State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it permits a very broadly defined list of entities and individuals, even possibly public officials, to discriminate against any couple, including LGBT, interfaith, or interracial couples, by allowing them to refuse to solemnize or celebrate any marriage because of a “sincerely held religious belief.” This includes “providing services…or privileges.”  The bill was filed by Rep. Lamar.

Missouri House Bill 205

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it permits public officials (judges) to discriminate against any couple, including LGBT, interfaith, or interracial couples, by allowing them to refuse to solemnize any marriage “contrary to [the judge’s] religious beliefs or sincerely held moral convictions.”

Missouri House Joint Resolution 3

Proposes pro-RFRA constitutional amendment

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill mo State Page

This resolution proposes a Constitutional amendment regarding judicial procedure in a manner intended to strengthen the claims of religious refusals.

Missouri Senate Joint Resolution 6

Restricts judicial discretion on constitutional rights

Status: 2/2/17: To Senate Judiciary
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill mo State Page

This Senate Joint Resolution proposes constitutional amendment purports to protect religious freedom by restricting the judiciary’s ability to weigh various and rights protected by law. It orders judges to rule a certain way without knowing any facts or context. If passed and approved by Missouri voters, it would permit an individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people.

Ohio House Bill 36

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill oh State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it is intended to permit religious organizations that rent their facilities to the public to discriminate against LGBT couples. It was introduced by Rep. Vitale.

Oklahoma House Joint Resolution 1023

Proposes Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment

Status: Referred to Rules Committee
Type: Religious Refusals Local Control
Text of Bill ok State Page

This resolution proposes a Constitutional amendment that, if approved by the voters of Oklahoma, would legally allow private businesses, religious organizations, and individuals to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Oklahomans. It was introduced by Rep. Jordan.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 197

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions & Local Control Bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Local Control
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Oklahomans. It was introduced by Sen. Silk.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 530

Broad Anti-LGBT Religious Refusals Bill

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom, but in reality it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Oklahomans. It was introduced by Sen. Brecheen.

South Dakota Senate Bill 149

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Adoption Bill

Status: 3/10/17- Signed into law by Governor
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill sd State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow South Dakota adoption agencies and child placement services to use religion as an excuse to use taxpayer dollars to discriminate against adoptive parents and children, including those who are LGBT. It was introduced by Senator Solano. 

Texas House Bill 1805

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Child Welfare Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it will allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and child welfare service providers to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. It was introduced by Rep. Sanford and is a companion bill to SB892.

Texas House Bill 1813

Anti-LGBT Marriage License Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill allows county clerks to discriminate against same-sex couples by passing off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. It was introduced by Rep. Flynn.

Texas House Bill 1923

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

 This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate almost anyone in Texas, including LGBT people, unmarried straight couples, and single mothers. The bill was introduced by Rep. Matt Krause.

Texas House Bill 1923

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill is a state version of the federal bill known as the “First Amendment Defense Act” purports to protect religious freedom. In reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against not only LGBT Texans, but unmarried straight couples and single mothers. The bill was introduced by Rep. Krause and is a companion bill to SB893.

Texas House Bill 3859

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Child Welfare Bill

Status: 3/29/17- Left pending in House State Affairs
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it will allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and child welfare service providers to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. It was introduced by Rep. Frank.

Texas Senate Bill 522

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: 3/30/17- Public Hearing in Senate State Affairs. Still awaiting committee vote.
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill allows those public officials licensed by the state of Texas to issue marriage certificates to opt out of doing their job duty, i.e. issuing a marriage certificate to a same-sex couple, if it would conflict with a sincerely held religious belief.

Texas Senate Bill 651

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would prevent state agencies that regulate Texas’ more than 65 licensed occupations, including doctors, teachers, therapists and mental health counselors, from enforcing  professional standards of licensure for those who claims religious objections to complying with those regulations. It was introduced by Sen. Perry.

Texas Senate Bill 651

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Referred to Business & Commerce
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow state-licensed individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Texans. The bill was introduced by Sen. Perry.

Texas Senate Bill 892

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Child Welfare Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom but it will allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and child welfare service providers to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. It was introduced by Sen. Perry and is a companion bill to HB1805.

Texas Senate Bill 893

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill is a state version of the federal bill known as the “First Amendment Defense Act” purports to protect religious freedom. In reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against not only LGBT Texans, but unmarried straight couples and single mothers. The bill was introduced by Sen. Hughes and is a companion bill to HB1923.

Virginia House Bill 1667

Anti-LGBT Restrictions on Corporate Nondiscrimination

Status: Defeated
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill prohibits public agencies from requiring any contractor entering into a public contract to agree to additional nondiscrimination provisions with respect to gender identity or sexual orientation. It also provides civil immunity for any business or nonprofit organization that does not provide any benefit or accommodation with respect to gender identity.

Virginia House Bill 2025

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Defeated- Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on 3/23/17
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any religiously affiliated individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Virginians, even while accepting taxpayer dollars.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Nicholas Freitas.

Virginia Senate Bill 1324

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: Defeated- Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on 3/23/17
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it permits public officials (judges) to discriminate against an LGBT couple by allowing them to discriminated based on a “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.” The bill was introduced by Senator Carrico.

Washington House Bill 1178

Broad Anti-LGBT Religious Refusals Bill

Status: 4/24/17-reintroduced for 1st special session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill wa State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Washingtonians. It attempts to codify three objections to LGBT people – that marriage is restricted to different-sex couples, that sex should be restricted to such a marriage, and that gender is defined at birth (an attempt to erase transgender people) – as religious speech. It also prevents local governments from enforcing LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. This bill was introduced by Rep. Shea.

Washington House Bill 1217

Broad Religious Refusal Carveout of State Non-Discrimination Law

Status: 4/24/17-reintroduced for 1st special session
Type: Religious Refusals
Text of Bill wa State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is a thinly veiled attempt to exempt religious individuals from following the state’s non-discrimination law, making it easier for opponents of LGBT equality to cite their religious views as an excuse for discriminating.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Klippert.

Wyoming House Bill 135

Broad Anti-LGBT Religious Refusals Bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Religious Refusals Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Wyomingites. It also prevents local governments from enforcing LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. This bill was introduced by Rep. Steinmetz.

Other Pro-LGBT Bills Legislation

Arizona House Bill 2513

Pro-LGBT death certificate bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill az State Page

This bill updates existing state law to ensure that the gender listed on an individual’s death certificate reflects that person’s gender identity. It was introduced by Rep. Gabaldon.

Colorado House Bill 1122

pro-LGBT birth certificate bill

Status: 3/9/17- Passed House Judiciary (7Y-4N)
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill co State Page

This bill protects the privacy rights of transgender Coloradans by repealing a law requiring a court order indicating that a person’s sex has been changed by surgical procedure before one can obtain a new birth certificate. It was introduced by Rep. Daneya Esgar.

 

Connecticut House Bill 6695

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ct State Page

This bill protects Connecticut’s LGBT children by prohibiting any licensed professional from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” with a person under the age of eighteen.

Florida House Bill 273

Inclusive Conversion Therapy Ban

Status: To House Health Quality Subcommittee
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill prohibits persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling & various health practitioners from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” (any practice or treatment that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity) on a minor. It was introduced by Rep. David Richardson.

Florida Senate Bill 1064

pro-LGBT public student discipline bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill protects LGBT students by revising the duties of the district school boards relating to student discipline and school safety by including protecting students against bullying based upon their sexual orientation or gender identity. It was introduced by Sen. Powell.

Georgia House Bill 16

LGBT-Inclusive Anti-Bullying Bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill prohibits bullying and harassment of students and school employees in elementary and secondary education, including on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression. The bill was introduced by Rep. Waites.

Georgia Senate Bill 30

Inclusive Nondiscrimination School Grant Program

Status: Passed Senate
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill provide for Sustainable Community School Operational Grants. It requires that grant applicants not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It was introduced by Sen. Vincent Fort.

Hawaii House Bill 800

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" practice among health professionals

Status: Referred to Committees
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill, which seeks to protect LGBT youth in Hawaii, prohibits professional counseling professionals from  engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising efforts for anti-gay “reparative therapy,” a practice banned by the ACA Code of Ethics, on Hawaii residents under eighteen years of age.

Hawaii Senate Bill 270

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" practice among health professionals

Status: Referred to Committee
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill, which seeks to protect LGBT youth in Hawaii, prohibits professional counseling professionals from  engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising efforts for anti-gay “reparative therapy,” a practice banned by the ACA Code of Ethics, on Hawaii residents under eighteen years of age.

Hawaii Senate Concurrent Resolution 39

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Committee on Judiciary & Labor
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill hi State Page

This bill protects Hawaii’s LGBT children by prohibiting persons licensed to provide counseling services to propose to engage or engage in so-called “conversion therapy” with a person under 18 years of age.

Indiana Senate Bill 336

Inclusive Bias-motivated Crime Protections

Status: Introduced, referred to Senate Corrections and Criminal Law
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill adds gender identity and gender expression to the classes covered  by Indiana’s  bias-motivated crime law. It was introduced by Sen. Greg Taylor.

Indiana Senate Bill 68

Repeals state same-sex marriage ban

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill in State Page

This bill will repeal statutory text that restricts a marriage to be between only a male and a female and statutory text that provides that a marriage between persons of the same gender is void in Indiana. It was introduced by Sen. Jean Breaux.

Iowa House Bill 424

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy"

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ia State Page

This bill protects LGBT Iowans by prohibiting mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression change efforts with a patient of any age. It was introduced by Rep. M. Smith.

Massachusetts House Bill 1190

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ma State Page

This bill protects Massachusetts’ LGBT children by prohibiting state-licensed mental health professionals from subjecting minors to so-called “conversion therapy”to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity with a person under 18 years of age. It was introduced by Rep. Khan and is identical to SB62.

 

Massachusetts Senate Bill 1715

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Status: Referred to Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ma State Page

Requires the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to include representatives of the LGBTQ community. It was introduced by Sen. Hinds.

Massachusetts Senate Bill 62

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ma State Page

This bill protects Massachusetts’ LGBT children by prohibiting state-licensed mental health professionals from subjecting minors to so-called “conversion therapy”to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity with a person under 18 years of age. It was introduced by Sen. Montigny and is identical to HB1190.

Nevada Senate Bill 201

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy.
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill nv State Page

This bill protects LGBT Nevadans by prohibiting mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression change efforts with a person under 18 years of age. It was introduced by Sen. David Parks.

New Hampshire House Bill 587

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: Referred to House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill nh State Page

This bill protects New Hampshire’s LGBT children by prohibiting persons licensed to provide counseling services to propose to engage or engage in so-called “conversion therapy” with a person under 18 years of age.

New Mexico Senate Bill 121

Inclusive Conversion Therapy Ban

Status: 02/16/17: Passed Senate
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill nm State Page

This bill enacts a new section of the Unfair Practices Act to declare so-called “conversion therapy” (any practice or treatment that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity) on a minor to be unlawful within the meaning of the Unfair Practices Act. It was introduced by Sen. Jacob Candelaria.

New York Senate Bill 263

Bans anti-LGBT conversion therapy for minors

Status: Referred to Higher Education
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill prohibits mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts by upon patients under eighteen years of age, designating such efforts as professional misconduct. This bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

New York Senate Bill 41

Adds SOGI/E to required demographic categories

Status: Referred to Senate Finance
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill adds categories and tabulations for sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the demographic information collected by certain state agencies, boards and commissions for the purposes of reporting New York’s state demographics. This bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

New York Senate Bill 50

Eliminates "gay panic" defense for 2nd degree murder

Status: Referred to Senate Codes
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill will restrict the “a non-violent sexual advance or the discovery of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity” from being offered as ” a reasonable explanation or excuse” in defense of a second degree murder charge. This bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

New York Senate Bill 51

Grants state benefits to discharged LGBT vets

Status: Referred to Senate Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill grants state benefits for LGBT vets discharged less than honorably due to their orientation, gender identity or expression.

New York Senate Bill 55

Ensures contracting opportunities for LGBT small businesses

Status: Referred to Senate Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ny State Page

This bill will ensure equal access to contracting opportunities for certified LGBT,
disability, and veteran-owned small businesses. This bill was introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman.

Rhode Island House Bill 5198

Restores State Benefits for LGB Veterans

Status: Referred to House Finance
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill ri State Page

This bill restores LGB Rhode Island veterans’ rights to state benefits by permitting the recipients of general or an “Undesirable — Class I or II Homosexual” discharges to qualify for state veterans’ benefits when the discharge was based on the veteran’s sexual orientation. It was introduced by Rep. Vella-Wilkinson.

Texas House Bill 258

Restricts state contracts based on nondiscrimination

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will prohibit the award of a state agency contract to a person in a state with laws allowing or requiring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Texas House Bill 494

State Employee Travel Ban to Discriminatory States

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill will ban non-essential travel by Texas state employees to a state with laws allowing or requiring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. It was introduced by Rep. Rafael Anchia.

Texas House Bill 573

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill updates Texas’ statutes by repealing those that criminalized LGB people, which were ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 2003, and revising certain parenting laws to reflect to legalization of same-sex marriage.  This bill was introduced by Rep. Thompson. It is identical to SB 251.

Texas House Bill 943

Establishes State Transgender Health Advisory Committee

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill establishes the Texas Transgender Healthcare Advisory Committee. It will provide recommendations on the health care and insurance needs for transgender Texans and
the adverse health impacts for patients who do not meet traditional gender standards under the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  It was introduced by Rep. Howard.

Texas House Bill 96

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill repeals Texas’ statutes that criminalized LGB people, which were ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 2003. This bill was introduced by Rep. Moody. It is identical to SB 166.

Texas Senate Bill 1113

Inclusive Nondiscrimination Public Accomodation Protections

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would expand public accommodation protections for transgender Texans by requiring publicly owned entities to allow a person to use a bathroom or changing facility located in the building consistent with the person’s gender identity or gender expression. The bill was introduced by Sen. Garcia.

Texas Senate Bill 166

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill repeals Texas’ statutes that criminalized LGB people, which were ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 2003. This bill was introduced by Sen. Rodríguez. It is identical to HB 96.

Texas Senate Bill 236

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill repeals several Texas’ statutes that criminalized LGB people and banned same-sex marriage, all of which have been ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. This bill was introduced by Sen. Menéndez.

Texas Senate Bill 251

Repeals unconstitutional anti-LGB state laws

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill updates Texas’ statutes by repealing those that criminalized LGB people, which were ruled to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 2003, and revising certain parenting laws to reflect to legalization of same-sex marriage.  This bill was introduced by Sen. Rodríguez. It is identical to HB 573.

Virginia House Bill 1702

Expands 'hate crime' legislation to include LGBT people

Status: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill would expand the state’s existing “hate crime” legislation to also include crimes perpetrated against a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill was introduced by Rep. Sullivan.

Virginia House Bill 1776

Expands 'hate crime' legislation to include LGBT people

Status: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill would expand the state’s existing “hate crime” legislation to also include crimes perpetrated against a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill was introduced by Rep. Plum.

Washington Senate Bill 5722

Prohibits anti-LGBT "conversion therapy" for minors

Status: 4/24/17-reintroduced for 1st special session
Type: Other Pro-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill wa State Page

This bill protects Washington State’s LGBT children by prohibiting state-licensed health care providers from subjecting minors to so-called “conversion therapy” to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity with a person under 18 years of age. It was introduced by Sen. Liias.

Other Anti-LGBT Bills Legislation

Missouri House Bill 550

Weakens State Nondiscrimination Law

Status: 01/25/2017 - Referred to House Special Committee on Litigation Reform
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill weakens discrimination protections for all Missourians, including LGBT people, by raising the standard for proving discrimination claims and exempting employees from being held liable for discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Missouri House Bill 552

Weakens State Nondiscrimination Law

Status: 01/25/2017 - Referred to House Special Committee on Litigation Reform
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill weakens discrimination protections for all Missourians, including LGBT people, by raising the standard for proving discrimination claims and exempting employees from being held liable for discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act. It is similar to HB 550 and SB 43. It was introduced by Rep. Austin.

Missouri Senate Bill 43

Weakens State Nondiscrimination Law

Status: 4/20/17- Passed House Fiscal Review Committee (already passed Senate)
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill mo State Page

This bill weakens discrimination protections for all Missourians, including LGBT people, by raising the standard for proving discrimination claims and exempting employees from being held liable for discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

South Carolina House Bill 3012

Anti-Transgender Local Control Bill

Status: To House Judiciary
Type: Anti-Transgender Other Anti-LGBT Bills Local Control
Text of Bill sc State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender individuals in South Carolina, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting ordinances that protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steven Long.

Tennessee Senate Bill 1

Protects Anti-LGBT "Conversion Therapy" Counseling

Status: In Senate. Read second time. Held on desk.
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tn State Page

The purpose of this bill is to allow Tennessee counselors to offer anti-LGBT “reparative therapy,” a practiced banned by the ACA Code of Ethics. This bill prohibits the Tennessee Board for Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists from adopting “any rule that incorporates by reference a national association’s code of ethics, including, but not limited to, the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics.”  The bill was introduced by Sen. Jack Johnson.

Tennessee Senate Bill 449

Anti-LGBT Professional Guidelines Bill

Status: 4/20/17- Transmitted to Governor for action
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill requires state governmental entities that establish or adopt guides to practice to do so through the promulgation of rules; guides to practice include codes of ethics, voluntary certification programs, and other measures required to ensure minimum quality of service. It’s designed to restrict Tennessee’s professional counseling industry from adopting LGBT-inclusive best practices endorsed by the American Counseling Association. It was introduced by Sen. Bell.

Tennessee Senate Bill 752

Anti-LGBT Marriage Bill

Status: Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill targets LGBT Tennesseans by enacting the so-called “Natural Marriage Defense Act,” which states the policy of Tennessee to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary. It was introduced by Sen. Beavers and is identical to HB 892.

Texas House Bill 1813

Anti-LGBT Marriage License Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill allows county clerks to discriminate against same-sex couples by passing off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. It was introduced by Rep. Flynn.

Texas House Bill 428

Anti-LGBT Public University Religious Exemptions Bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would permit public university student organizations to discriminate against LGBT students by granting the organization an exemption from the institution’s nondiscrimination policies if such policies do not conform to the student organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

Texas Senate Bill 522

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: 3/30/17- Public Hearing in Senate State Affairs. Still awaiting committee vote.
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill allows those public officials licensed by the state of Texas to issue marriage certificates to opt out of doing their job duty, i.e. issuing a marriage certificate to a same-sex couple, if it would conflict with a sincerely held religious belief.

Virginia Senate Bill 1324

Marriage Discrimination by Public Officials

Status: Defeated- Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on 3/23/17
Type: Religious Refusals Other Anti-LGBT Bills
Text of Bill va State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it permits public officials (judges) to discriminate against an LGBT couple by allowing them to discriminated based on a “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.” The bill was introduced by Senator Carrico.

Local Control Legislation

Arkansas Senate Bill 621

Anti-LGBT Local Control Bill

Status: Referred to Senate Education
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill ar State Page

This bill targets LGBT people in Arkansas who live or work in communities that choose to enact pro-equality nondiscrimination laws by granting immunity to school district superintendents and personnel of the Dept of Education from any civil liability for enforcing a policy that complies with state or federal law. It is identical to SB628 and was introduced by Sen. Standridge.

Florida House Bill 17

Anti-LGBT Local Control Bill

Status: In HOUSE. Pending review of Committee Substitute under Rule 7.18(c).
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill fl State Page

This bill targets local nondiscrimination protections for all Floridians, including LGBT people, by not only banning municipal governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances, but by overturning any protections currently in place on January 1, 2020. It was introduced by Rep. Fine.

Oklahoma House Joint Resolution 1023

Proposes Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment

Status: Referred to Rules Committee
Type: Religious Refusals Local Control
Text of Bill ok State Page

This resolution proposes a Constitutional amendment that, if approved by the voters of Oklahoma, would legally allow private businesses, religious organizations, and individuals to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Oklahomans. It was introduced by Rep. Jordan.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 197

Anti-LGBT Religious Exemptions & Local Control Bill

Status: Pre-Filed for 2017 Session
Type: Religious Refusals Local Control
Text of Bill ok State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Oklahomans. It was introduced by Sen. Silk.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 694

Blocks Municipalities from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination

Status: 02/20/17- From Senate General Govt: Do pass as substituted. Title Stricken
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill ga State Page

This bill, designed to target LGBT individuals in Oklahoma, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting or enforcing ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The bill was introduced by Sen. Brecheen.

South Carolina House Bill 3012

Anti-Transgender Local Control Bill

Status: To House Judiciary
Type: Anti-Transgender Other Anti-LGBT Bills Local Control
Text of Bill sc State Page

This bill, designed to target transgender individuals in South Carolina, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting ordinances that protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steven Long.

Tennessee Senate Bill 127

Blocks Municipalities from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination

Status: 3/9/17- Passed Senate as amended (25Y-5N, PNV 3) Engrossed, now to House
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill, designed to target LGBT individuals in Tennessee, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The bill was introduced by Sen. Mark Green and is identical to HB54. 

Tennessee Senate Bill 903

Blocks Municipalities from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination

Status: Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill tn State Page

This bill restricts cities and counties from passing pro-LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances by prohibiting allocation of state sales tax revenue to any municipality that refuses to enforce state laws. It was introduced by Sen. Holt and is identical to HB634.

Texas House Bill 1362

Anti-transgender local control bill

Status: Introduced for 2017 Session
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill targets transgender Texans, particularly students, by preventing any state or local government agency from passing or enforcing gender-identity inclusive public accommodation laws or policies in public schools or private businesses.

Texas House Bill 2899

Anti-LGBT Local Control Bill

Status: 4/19/17- House State Affairs hearing
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill would ban cities, schools, and other local entities from passing or enforcing nondiscrimination protections in multiple-occupancy bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities, for anyone not covered under state or federal law. That includes any existing or future protections not only for LGBT Texans, but also on the basis of military status, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It would also nullify all non-discrimination ordinances that provide those protections. It was introduced by Rep. Simmons.

Texas Senate Bill 6

Restricts restroom access for transgender people

Status: 3/7/16: Passed Hearing in Senate State Affairs (8Y-1N) To full Senate
Type: Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill bans local governments from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances that protect transgender people, or from requiring companies with city contracts from having similar corporate policies. It also restricts restroom and locker room access for transgender people in government buildings, public schools and universities. The bill was introduced by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.

Texas Senate Bill 92

Blocks Municipalities from Passing LGBT Non-Discrimination

Status: Referred to Senate Business & Commerce
Type: Local Control
Text of Bill tx State Page

This bill, designed to target LGBT individuals in Texas, prohibits municipalities and local governments in the state from enacting ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The bill was introduced by Sen. Bob Hall.

Wyoming House Bill 135

Broad Anti-LGBT Religious Refusals Bill

Status: Defeated
Type: Religious Refusals Anti-Transgender Local Control
Text of Bill wy State Page

This bill purports to protect religious freedom – but in reality, it is designed to allow any individual, business, or organization to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Wyomingites. It also prevents local governments from enforcing LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. This bill was introduced by Rep. Steinmetz.