Content Filed Under: 2016 Legislative Momentum

Throughout 2016, movement on LGBTQ-related bills both good and bad played a key role regarding the issue of comprehensive non-discrimination protections. Here’s how legislatures nationwide advanced or killed such bills, ordinances, and ballot initiatives in 2016.


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10 Ways Discrimination Against LGBT Americans Was Spotlighted in 2016

By Adam Polaski • December 27, 2016, 1:20 am As 2016 draws to a close and we look ahead to 2017, Freedom for All Americans reflects on the biggest LGBT stories in 2016.
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Lawmakers in New Hampshire Will File Transgender Non-Discrimination Bill Ahead of Legislative Session

By Adam Polaski • November 18, 2016, 11:45 am This week New Hampshire state representative Ed Butler announced that he will file legislation protecting transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
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California Legislature Moves to Ensure Culture of Inclusion by Passing “All-Gender” Restroom Bill

By Megan Clayton • August 23, 2016, 4:33 pm California's Assembly Bill 1732 ensures the safety and security of transgender Californians by requiring single-occupancy restrooms in California businesses, government buildings, and places of public accommodation to be universally accessible.
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Anti-LGBT Opponents in Massachusetts Mount Effort to Repeal Critical Transgender Protections

By Adam Polaski • July 19, 2016, 11:46 am If the opposition gathers several thousand signatures in the next 78 days, the motion to repeal #TransBillMA will go to a vote for the November 2018 ballot.
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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Votes to Advance LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • June 22, 2016, 4:33 pm Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs took a big step forward by voting to advance LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections.
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VICTORY: Massachusetts Approves Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections, Now Poised for Final Passage

By Adam Polaski • June 1, 2016, 5:57 pm The vote today marks a huge victory – especially in a year when transgender Americans’ fundamental freedoms have been debated, attacked, and endangered.
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TODAY: Massachusetts House to Hold Decisive Vote on Transgender Protections Bill

By Adam Polaski • June 1, 2016, 10:05 am Following nearly a year-long full-court press to pass full non-discrimination protections for transgender people in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts House today is expected to debate and vote on #TransBillMA, a bill to ensure no transgender person faces discrimination in public spaces in the Bay State.
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Massachusetts Governor Baker Says He’d Sign Transgender Protections Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 31, 2016, 2:47 pm Big News! Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, said today that should a bill to extend full non-discrimination protections to transgender people in Massachusetts reach his desk, he would sign it into law.
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Oklahoma Legislators Push for Last-Ditch Effort to Discriminate Against Transgender People

By Adam Polaski • May 20, 2016, 12:19 pm This week in Oklahoma, lawmakers opposed to LGBT non-discrimination protections introduced legislation that targets transgender students and their ability to use the restroom at school.
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Massachusetts Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to Protect Transgender Residents from Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • May 12, 2016, 3:33 pm Today the Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly passed SB 735, a bill that would ensure explicit protections for transgender people in public places statewide, including public restrooms. Current Massachusetts law prohibits gender identity discrimination in employment, housing and credit—but not public accommodations.
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Today in Massachusetts: Senators Will Debate and Vote on Transgender Protections Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 11, 2016, 10:45 am It's an exciting week in Massachusetts! This week in the Bay State, a bill to extend full non-discrimination protections to transgender people will be debated and voted on by the state Senate.
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Anti-LGBT Ballot Initiative Officially Fails in Missouri Legislature

By Megan Clayton • May 6, 2016, 10:20 am Missouri’s SJR-39, which would have placed a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot allowing small businesses and individuals to refuse services to LGBT Missourians, has officially failed in the legislature.
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Anti-LGBT Measures – including the First Amendment Defense Act – are on the Move in Congress

By Adam Polaski • May 4, 2016, 3:55 pm Two measures allowing for discrimination against LGBT people are moving in the House of Representatives – even as states like North Carolina and Mississippi continue to experience economic backlash from approving similar bills.
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Alabama House Committee Won’t Advance Bill Targeting LGBT Families

By Megan Clayton • May 4, 2016, 9:34 am The Alabama House Rules Committee voted today not to advance House Bill 158, a far-reaching piece of legislation that would have allowed a taxpayer-funded adoption and foster agencies to use religion as an excuse to turn away capable and loving parents, including those who are LGBT.
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Bill to Ensure Full Protections for Transgender People in Massachusetts Clears Key Committee

By Adam Polaski • May 2, 2016, 3:41 pm This morning, May 2, the Massachusetts Joint Judiciary Committee voted in favor of advancing SB 735/HB 1577, the transgender protections bill that has been pending for months in the Massachusetts legislature.
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