Legislation Affecting LGBT Rights Across the Country

Last updated 4/9/2021

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in America continue to face discrimination in their daily lives. While more states every year work to pass laws to protect LGBTQ people, we continue to see state legislatures advancing bills that target transgender people, limit local protections, and allow the use of religion to discriminate.

*Note: Bills are reported as Active below if they were introduced in their states' 2020 legislative sessions and have carried over to 2021. The status date indicates the convening of the state's 2021 session or the most current activity on a particular bill.

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Anti-LGBTQ Bills:

Anti-Trans Bills

These measures target transgender and nonbinary people for discrimination, such as by barring  or criminalizing healthcare for transgender youth, barring access to the use of appropriate facilities like restrooms, restricting transgender students’ ability to fully participate in school and sports, allowing religiously-motivated discrimination against trans people, or making it more difficult for trans people to get identification documents with their name and gender.

a.         Prohibiting healthcare for transgender youth

State

Bill Number

Status

AL

SB 10

 

HB 1

Passed Senate 3/2/21; Read for the second time and placed on the calendar with 3 amendments 3/16/21  


Read for the second time and placed on the calendar 2/24/21

AR

SB 347

HB 1570

Read for the second time and referred to committee 2/22/21

Veto overriden and transmitted to Governor 4/6/21

AZSB 1511Assigned to committee and read the second time 2/2/21

FL

HB 935

Read for the first time 3/2/21 

GAHB 401Read for the second time 2/16/21
IAHF 193Introduced and referred to committee 1/22/21

IN

SB 224

Died in committee 2/23/21
KSHB 2210Introduced and referred to committee 2/3/21

KY

HB 336

HB 477

Died 4/2/21
 

Died 4/2/21

LA

HB 575

SB 104

Introduced and placed on interim calendar 4/2/21

Prefiled and referred to commitee 3/30/21

MS

SB 2171

Died in committee 2/2/21

MO

HB 33

Hearing completed 3/10/21  

MT

HB 113

Failed to pass committee on 1/26; Motion to reconsider failed 1/27
NCSB 514Read for the first time and referred to committee 4/6/21
OK

SB 583

SB 676

Read for the second time and referred to committee 2/2/21

Read for the second time and referred to committee 2/2/21

SC

HB 3477

HB 4047

Read for the first time and referred to committee 1/12/21

Referred to committee 3/9/21

TN

SB 657

HB 578

Referred to committee 2/11/21

Placed on committee calendar 4/7/21

TX

HB 68

Read for the first time and referred to committee 2/25/21 

UT

HB 92

Died 3/5/21

WV

HB 2171Referred to committee 2/10/21

 

b.         Single-Sex Facility Restrictions

State

Bill Number

Status

AR

HB 1882

Read for the second time and referred to committee 4/6/21

 

c.         Excluding transgender youth from athletics

State

Bill Number

Status

AL

HB 391Passed in the House 3/18/21; Read for the second time and placed on calendar in Senate 4/1/21 
AR

SJR 16

SB 354

SB 450

Read for the second time and referred to committee 2/10/21

Passed in the Senate 3/10/21; Passed in the House 3/22/21; Signed 3/29/21

Passed in the Senate 4/5/21; Read for the second time and referred to committee in the House 4/5/21

AZ

SJR 16

SB 354

Read for the second time with amendment and re-referred to committee 2/23/21

Read for the second time and referred to committee 2/23/21

CT

SB 324

HB 6128

Referred to committee 1/25/21

Referred to committee 1/29/21

FL

HB 935

HB 1475

SB 2012

Read for the first time 3/2/21

Placed on calendar 4/8/21

Referred to committee 3/31/21

GA

 

HB 276

HB 372

SB 266

 

Read for the second time 2/8/21

Read for the second time 2/11/21

Read for the second time 3/5/21

HIHB 1304Referred to committee 2/1/21 
IAHF 184Introduced and referred to committee 1/22/21

KS

SB 208Passed as amended in Senate 3/17/21; Introduced and referred to committee in House 3/19/21 
LA

HB 542

SB 156

Introduced and placed on interim calendar 4/2/21

Prefiled 4/1/21

KY

SB 106

HB 471

Died 4/2/21

Died 4/2/21

MEHP 682Referred to House and Senate committees 3/10/21

MI

SB 218Referred to committee 3/10/21

MN

HF 350

HF 352

HF 1657

 

Referred to committee 1/28/21

Referred to committee 1/28/21

Referred to committee 2/25/21

MO

HB 1077

HJR 56

SB 503

Referred to committee 2/18/21 

Referred to committee 2/18/21 

Read for the second time and referred to committee 3/4/21 

MSSB 2536Passed Senate as amended 2/11/21; Passed House 3/3/21; Approved by Governor 3/11/21  

MT

HB 112

Passed House 1/27/21; Read for the third time in Senate and returned to House with amendments 4/1/21

NH

HB 198

Committee hearing scheduled 3/9/21

NJ

S 3540Introduced and referred to committee 3/11/21

ND

HB 1298

Passed as amended in House 2/11/21; Passed as amended in Senate and returned to House 3/30/21

NM

HB 304Referred to committee 2/18/21

OH

HB 61

SB 132 

Referred to committee 2/4/21 

Referred to committee 3/17/21

OK

SB 331

Read for the second time and referred to committee 2/2/21
PAHB 972Referred to committee 4/5/21

SC

SB 531Referred to committee 2/9/21

SD

HB 1217Passed as amended in House 2/22/21; Passed Senate 3/8/21; Vetoed for style and form 3/29/21; 
Veto override failed  3/29/21

TN

HB 3

SB 228

Signed by Governor 3/26/21

Signed by Governor 3/26/21

TX


SB 29

SB 373

HB 1458

HB 3455

HB 4042

HB 4043

 

Public Hearing 3/26/21   

Read for the first time and referred to committee 3/9/21

Read for the first time and referred to committee 3/5/21

Read for the first time and referred to committee 3/22/21

Read for the first time and referred to committee 3/29/21

Read for the first time and referred to committee 3/29/21

UT

HB 302Died 3/5/21
WI 

AB 195

AB 196

 

Introduced, read for the first time, and referred to committee 3/25/21

Introduced, read for the first time, and referred to committee 3/25/21

WV

 

HB 2141

HB 2676

HB 2734

SB 341

 

Referred to committee 2/10/21

Referred to committee 2/23/21

Referred to committee 2/24/21

Referred to committee 2/18/21

 

d.         Restrictions on Identification Documents

State

Bill Number

Status

MT

LC 2997 / SB 280

Passed in Senate 3/2/21; Scheduled for second reading in House 4/9/21

SD

HB 1076

Died in committee 2/5/21

 

 

 

 

e.         Other Anti-Trans bills

State

Bill Number

Status

AR

HB 1749Read for the second time and referred to committee in House 3/16/21; 
Read for the second time and referred to commitee in Senate 4/8/21
AZHB 2710Read for the second time 2/3/21
IA

SF 167

HF 272

HF 326

Subcommittee recommends passage 2/16/21

Introduced and referred to committee 1/27/21

Introduced and referred to committee 2/2/21

KY

HB 336Died 4/2/21

ND

HB 1476

Withdrawn from further consideration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Exemption Bills

a.   Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs)

State

Bill Number

Status

AR

HJR 1024

SJR 14

Read the second time and referred to committee 2/10/21

Re-referred to committee 3/23/21

IA

HF 170

SF 436

Introduced 1/22/21

Subcommittee recommends passage 3/2/21

IN

HB 1503

Died in committee 2/23/21

MT

SB 215Passed as amended in Senate 2/18/21; Read for the third time and returned to Senate 4/1/21

NH

HB 440

Executive session scheduled 3/10/21 

SD

SB 124Signed by the Governor 3/10/21
WVHB 2545Referred to committee 2/16/21
WYHB 264Did not consider for introduction 3/8/21

 

b.   Religious Exemptions in Healthcare Implicating LGBTQ People

State

Bill Number

Status

AR

SB 289

Passed in House with amendment 3/15/21; passed Senate as amended 3/18/21; Signed by Governor 3/29/21

KY

SB 83

Died 4/2/21
MTSB 245Second reading indefinitely postponed 3/1/21 
NCSB 515Referred to committee 4/6/21

NM

SB 323Introduced and referred to committee 2/1/21

SC

HB 3518

Introduced, read for the first time, and referred to committee 1/12/21

SD

HB 1247Committee vote failed 2/24/21

TX

HB 1424

SB 1674

Scheduled for Public Hearing 4/14/21

Read for the first time and referred to committee 3/24/21

 

c.   Religious Exemptions in Adoption & Foster Care

State

Bill Number

Status

IA 

HF 170

Introduced 1/22/21

KY

HB 524Died 4/2/21
SCH 3878Introduced, read for the first time, and referred to committee 2/11/21
WVSB 13Introduced and referred to committee 2/10/21

 

d.   Religious Exemptions in Schools and Student Organizations

State

Bill Number

Status

MO

SB 332

Read for the second time and referred to committee 2/4/21 

 

e.   Other Religious Exemption Bills

State

Bill Number

Status

IAHF 170Introduced and referred to committee 1/22/21

MA

HD 3468Introduced 2/20/21

ND

HB 1476

Withdrawn from further consideration 1/21/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bills Pre-Empting Local Protections

These bills prevent cities and other local government entities from passing nondiscrimination protections that are more expansive than the protections offered at the state level, including protections for LGBTQ people.  

 

Other Anti-LGBTQ Bills

State

Bill Number

Status

AR

SB 389 Read for the third time and passed in Senate 3/16/21; Passed in House 3/31/21; Delivered to Governor 4/1/21

IN

SB 288

Read for the second time 2/22/21

IN

SB 289

Read for the first time and referred to committee 1/11/21

MO

HB 786

Referred to committee 3/4/21

OK 

SB 615

Read for the second time and referred to committee 2/2/21

TN

SB 1208

SB 1229

HB 529

Passed on second consideration and referred to committee 2/22/21

Passed in Senate and transmitted to House 4/5/21

Placed on calendar 4/8/21

WI

AB 14

SB 31

Referred to committee 3/16/21

Read the second time and referred to committee 3/16/21

 

LGBTQ Equality Bills

a.         Nondiscrimination protections

State

Bill Number

Status

AK

HB 17

Read for the first time and referred to committee 2/18/21
IDSB 1030Referred to committee 1/25/21

KY

HB 130

HB 116

Died 4/2/21

Died 4/2/21

MS

SB 2089

HB 806

HB 807

Died in committee 2/2/21 

Died in committee 2/2/21 

Died in committee 2/2/21

NE

LB 120

Hearing scheduled 2/26/21    

SC

HB 3183

Referred to committee 1/12/21

TX

SB 233

HB 188

HB 191

Read for the first time and referred to committee 3/3/21

Read for the first time and referred to committee 2/25/21 

Hearing 3/31/21

 

b.         Protections in healthcare

State

Bill Number

Status

HI

SB 752

Referred to committee 1/27/21

WA

SB 5313

Passed on the third reading in Senate 2/26/21; Passed on the third reading in House 3/24/21

 

c.         Allowing updated gender markers on ID

State

Bill Number

Status

AZ

SB 1163

Read for the second time 1/19/21

CA

AB 218

AB 439

Re-referred to committee 3/23/21

Read for the second time 4/8/21

IL

HB 9

Placed on calendar for second reading 3/17/21
MAHD 153Filed 1/13/21

NH

HB 295

Hearing scheduled 3/2/21 

NY

S 4402Advanced to third reading 3/10/21
OKHB 2108Referred for second reading 2/2/21

TX

SB 210

HB 338

Read for the first time and referred to committee 3/3/21 

Read for the first time and referred to committee 2/25/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

d.         Sex work decriminalization bills

State

Bill Number

Status

CTHB 5934Referred to committee 1/28/21

NY

A 849

S 3075

Referred to committee 1/6/21

Referred to committee 1/27/21

NY

S 2878

Referred to committee 1/26/21

 

 

 

 

e.         Other good bills

State

Bill Number

Status

AZHB 2652Introduced 1/23/21
HISB 618Passed second reading as amended and referred to committee 2/19/21

NY

A 691

Referred to committee 1/6/21

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