North Dakota

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

North Dakota
No Statewide LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections
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LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in North Dakota:

There are currently no explicit statewide non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in North Dakota.

The Latest on LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in North Dakota:

State and national advocates are working toward furthering the conversation of why non-discrimination protections matter in North Dakota.

During the 2015 legislative session, North Dakota lawmakers took a big step toward LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination when the Senate voted in favor of a bill that would have brought fully comprehensive non-discrimination protections to the state. The bill was rejected by the House but set the stage for future momentum.

History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in North Dakota:

  • 2009-2013: Several bills are introduced in the North Dakota Legislature to extend statewide non-discrimination protections to LGBT people, but the bills stall and do not advance.
  • June 17, 2013: The Grand Forks City Council passes a local non-discrimination ordinance protecting city employees and city job applicants from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In October 2013, the city passed an additional ordinance banning anti-LGBT housing discrimination. The ordinances are the first of their kind in North Dakota and build momentum toward additional conversations around LGBT non-discrimination in other cities.
  • 2013-2015: Local and national organizations engage in conversations about who LGBT North Dakotans are, and support for fully comprehensive non-discrimination grows.
  • February 17, 2015: In a historic first, the Republican-controlled Senate in North Dakota votes 25-22 to advance a bill extending comprehensive protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill is later voted down on April 2 by the House – but its Senate passage builds undeniable momentum statewide.

Municipalities with LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in North Dakota:

The following municipalities protect city employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and protect residents from anti-LGBT housing discrimination:

  • Grand Forks

Last Updated February 15, 2018