Sunday, January 08, 2017

Where Does Your State Stand on LGBT Rights?

Written by Will Greenberg

State legislators proposed more than 250 anti-LGBT bills in 2016, more than in any other year since 2009. The most high-profile setback was North Carolina's House Bill 2, which removed anti-discrimination protections for LGBT workers and required trans people to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex, not their gender identity. Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina's legislators met immediate pushback, losing an estimated $395 million in business in the state and sparking a Justice Department lawsuit. Even so, 14 other states proposed their own bathroom bills this year—though none of them became law. Of the 252 total bills seeking to restrict LGBT rights, only 8 passed.

Even with so many anti-LGBT bills shot down this year, we should expect more to crop up in 2017, particularly "religious freedom" bills and additional laws that discriminate against transgender people. Of course, this is all just at the state level. Donald Trump's administration, along with a prospective Cabinet of LGBT rights opponents, could pose a whole new set of hurdles in the years to come. READ MORE