LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Oklahoma:
There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Oklahoma. The city of Norman is the only in the state to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City prevent employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation only.
The Latest on LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Oklahoma:
State and national advocates are working toward furthering the conversation of why non-discrimination protections matter in Oklahoma.
During the 2016 legislative session, Oklahoma lawmakers took steps to reject anti-LGBT discrimination. The legislative session ended with the defeat of more than two dozen anti-LGBT bills that had been introduced in the Oklahoma legislature, thanks to the efforts of statewide LGBT group Freedom Oklahoma.
History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Oklahoma:
- May 19, 2016: Senate Bill 1619, which would discriminate against transgender children in Oklahoma schools, is introduced in the Senate. It is the latest in a legislative session that saw 27 anti-LGBT bills previously introduced in the session.
- May 24, 2016: SB 1619 is defeated in the Senate, bringing an end to all of the anti-LGBT legislation filed in 2016. With the Oklahoma legislative session now ended with all anti-LGBT legislation defeated, significant momentum has been built toward non-discrimination in the future.
- May 11, 2018: Governor Mary Fallin signs a discriminatory adoption bill into law, that allows private and publicly-funded adoption agencies to refuse to place a child with an LGBTQ person by claiming a religious or moral exception. This makes Oklahoma one of nine states with such adoption laws on the books.
- August 27, 2019: The city of Norman becomes the first in the state to pass a comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance, by a vote of 8-1.
Municipalities with LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Oklahoma:
The following municipalities protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity:
- City of Norman
Last Updated September 9, 2019