This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ NondiscriminationFebruary 8, 2019 • 3:15 pm
Multiple transgender soldiers attend State of the Union; several states advance bipartisan nondiscrimination measures
WASHINGTON – 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. Freedom for All Americans’ Weekly LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Update has all the latest developments that should be on your radar:
President Delivers Second State of the Union Address:
President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday, but with the exception of pledging to end the HIV epidemic, did not mention LGBTQ Americans. During the President’s remarks, six transgender service members sat in the audience as guests of members of Congress.
Momentum Builds in States and Federally for LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections:
Momentum is building around the country for comprehensive nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ Americans. Following the historic passage of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act in New York, solidifying it as the 20th state with comprehensive LGBTQ protections, positive bills are moving through multiple state legislatures, including in Arizona, where a bill that would add protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations is receiving broad support from both sides of the statehouse aisle. In Idaho, where Republicans hold majorities in both legislative chambers, a lawmaker from Boise has introduced an ‘Add the Words’ nondiscrimination bill that would update the state’s existing anti-discrimination law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. And in Kansas, a group of bipartisan lawmakers are attempting to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to state law. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed an executive order earlier this year prohibiting the discrimination of LGBTQ state employees and contractors, following five similar executive orders issued by bipartisan governors across the Midwest in only four weeks.
FFAA is anticipating movement on several LGBTQ-related bills in multiple states. You can read our rundown of the 2019 legislative session here.