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VICTORY: Anti-Transgender Bills Defeated in South Dakota

February 26, 2019, 11:10 am All four anti-transgender bills in South Dakota have been defeated for the fourth year in a row after failure to move a final bill on February 25.

Anti-Transgender Bill Advances in South Dakota

February 22, 2019, 2:05 pm Today, legislation targeting transgender youth passed the South Dakota House of Representatives. South Dakota lawmakers have introduced a trio of discriminatory bills—HB 1205/SB 49, HB 1108, and HB 1225—that target transgender kids’ access to medical care, accurate health education and their ability to participate in sports. HB 1108, which just passed the House of Representatives, would prohibit educators from including gender identity or gender expression in their curricula in kindergarten through seventh grade in South Dakota’s public schools.

This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

February 8, 2019, 3:15 pm In his second State of the Union Address, President Trump made no mention of LGBTQ Americans, but did pledge to eradicate HIV and AIDS from the United States by 2030. Bipartisan bills prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people have been introduced in several state legislatures ahead of the introduction of the Equality Act in Congress, which would solidify federal LGBTQ protections.

FFAA Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

February 6, 2019, 11:50 am Tonight President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address, but with the exception of pledging to end the HIV epidemic, gave little indication that his administration will change its course of treatment towards LGBTQ Americans. During his remarks, six transgender service members sat in the audience as guests of members of Congress.

Support for LGBTQ Equality Grows as Bipartisan Lawmakers Build Momentum for Protections

February 1, 2019, 10:07 am As the federal government continues its assault on LGBTQ people, bipartisan victories taking place at the state level demonstrate the majority of Americans who support nondiscrimination protections.

LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Bills Killed by Virginia House Leadership

January 31, 2019, 4:28 pm For the second year in a row, Virginia’s Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox killed two bipartisan pieces of legislation that would have protected LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing (HB 2677) and public employment (HB 2067).

TOMORROW: Virginia House Committee Takes Up LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections

January 30, 2019, 2:18 pm Bipartisan bills to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination will be heard January 31st by House General Laws committee in Virginia.

Bipartisan Legislators in AZ File LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Bill

January 30, 2019, 9:38 am On the heels of oral argument in a major case that could affect LGBTQ municipal ordinances statewide, Arizonan legislators from both sides of the aisle have introduced Senate Bill 1249 to update Arizona's nondiscrimination law to include protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Host Briefing, Announce New Co-Chair

January 25, 2019, 2:58 pm Today the Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition hosted their third annual briefing at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC.

VICTORY! New York Governor Signs Transgender Nondiscrimination Bill Into Law

January 25, 2019, 12:19 pm Today New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) into law, providing explicit and comprehensive protections for transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and education. GENDA passed in the Assembly by 100-40 and was approved by a vote of 42-19 in the Senate, both with bipartisan support.

AZ Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in LGBTQ Religious Exemptions Case

January 22, 2019, 4:26 pm Today the Arizona Supreme Court heard oral argument in Brush & Nib LLC v. City of Phoenix, a case concerning whether to allow a calligraphy and stationery studio an exemption from the City of Phoenix's long-standing nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

SCOTUS Lifts Injunctions in Trump Transgender Military Ban

January 22, 2019, 12:49 pm Today the Supreme Court denied a request by the Trump administration to hear several cases regarding the proposed ban on transgender service members in the military, but granted the government's motions to lift injunctions on the ban temporarily.

Virginia Senate Passes LGBTQ Protections with Bipartisan Support

January 18, 2019, 11:41 am For the fourth consecutive year, two bipartisan bills to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination passed the Virginia Senate.

This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

January 18, 2019, 11:39 am New York State lawmakers this week passed historic protections for the state’s transgender community. The newly elected governor of Kansas issued an important executive order that protects LGBTQ state employees and employees of state contractors. And President Trump’s nominee to be the next Attorney General, William Barr, faced questions from senators this week regarding his anti-LGBTQ record.

VICTORY: New York Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

January 15, 2019, 1:21 pm Today the New York legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, providing explicit protections for transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and education.