Wyoming

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Wyoming:

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

The Latest on LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Wyoming:

Historic legislation to extend employment non-discrimination protections to Wyoming moved forward in early 2015, with the Senate voting in favor of the bill just two years after voting against a similar bill. The Wyoming House, however, voted against the bill in February 2015. State and national advocates are now working toward furthering the conversation of why non-discrimination protections matter in the Equality State.

History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Wyoming:

  • 2009-2015: Several bills to protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation are introduced in the Wyoming Legislature over several years, but none are successful. For the next few years, the legislation gains support and builds momentum as lawmakers grow to understand the importance of treating everyone fairly and equally under the law.
  • 2009-2015: Local and national organizations engage in conversations about who LGBT Wyomingites are, and support for fully comprehensive non-discrimination grows.
  • January 15, 2015: Protect Working Wyoming launches a bipartisan campaign dedicated to passing legislation that extends non-discrimination protections to LGBT Wyomingites.
  • February 10, 2015: The Wyoming Senate approves a bill aimed at winning employment non-discrimination protections for LGBT people across the state (just two years after voting against a similar bill on January 31, 2013).
  • February 24, 2015: The Wyoming House narrowly votes against the employment non-discrimination bill. Its passage in the Senate, however, underscores the momentum that exists for passage of comprehensive non-discrimination protections in the Equality State.
  • May 14, 2015: The City Council in Laramie, Wyoming votes to pass a local ordinance protecting LGBT residents from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, becoming the first city in the state to do so.

Last Updated February 7, 2018