Legislation Affecting LGBT Rights Across the Country

Last updated 3/20/2020

Many state legislatures are now suspended or closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this tracker as major new developments occur.

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

*Note: Bills are reported as Active below if they were introduced in their states' 2019 legislative sessions and have carried over to 2020. The status date indicates the convening of the state's 2020 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 access to or even criminalizing the use of appropriate facilities, including restrooms, restricting transgender students’ ability to fully participate in school and sports, barring healthcare for transgender youth, allowing religiously-motivated discrimination against trans people, or making it more difficult for trans people to get identification documents with their name and gender.

See Anti-trans bills by state (map format)

a. Prohibiting heathcare for transgender youth

State

Bill Number

Status

AL SB 219 Referred to committee 3/10/20
AL HB 303 Introduced 2/27/20
CO HB 20-1114 Postponed Indefinitely 2/13/20

FL

SB 1864

Died in committee 3/14/20

FL

HB 1365

Died in committee 3/14/20

GA HB 1060 Introduced 2/27/20
IA HF 2272 / SF 2213 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/7/20, 2/11/20
ID

H 465

Referred to Committee 2/11/20

KY HB 321 Referred to Committee 1/28/20

MO

HB 1721

Public Hearing Completed 3/2/20

MS SB 2490 Died in Committee 3/3/20
OH HB 513 Referred to committee 3/10/20

OK

SB 1819

Referred to Committee 2/10/20

SC

H. 4716

Introduced 1/14/20

SD

HB 1057

Passed by House 1/29/20; Deferred to 41st legislative day 2/10/20

SD SB 93 Withdrawn 2/4/20
TN HB 2576

Hearing scheduled 3/17/20

TN SB 2215 Referred to Committee 2/10/20
UT HB 449 Filed for bills not passed 3/12/20

b. Single-Sex Facility Restrictions

State

Bill Number

Status

KY

HB132

Posted in Committee 2/21/20

MS SB 2240 Died in Committee 3/3/20
TN SB 1499 Active 5/1/19; House Bill substituted (carryover from 2019)
TN HB1247 Active 5/1/19 (carryover from 2019)

c. Excluding transgender youth from athletics

State

Bill Number

Status

AL

HB 20

Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/11/20
AL HB 35 Passed in Committee 2/20/20
AZ HB 2706

Transmitted to Senate 3/4/20

CO HB 1273 Postponed Indefinitely 2/13/20

GA

HB 747

Prefiled 12/19/19

IA HF 2202 Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/31/20
ID HB 500

Signed by Speaker and President 3/18/20

IN

HB 1088

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/16/20

KS HB 2589 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/7/20
KY SB 114 Referred to Committee 1/27/20
LA SB 172 Referred to committee 3/9/20

MO

HJR 82

Public Hearing Conducted 2/19/20

MO

SJR 50

Hearing Conducted 2/25/20

MS SB 2240 Died in Committee 3/3/20

NH

SB 480

Died in committee 3/10/20

NH

HB 1251

Died in committee 3/10/20
SC S 1087 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/6/20
TN SB 2077 / HB 1572 Referred to Committee 2/6/20; Hearing cancelled 3/17/20

WA

HB 2201

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/13/20

WV HB 4564 Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/28/20

d. Restrictions on Identification Documents

State

Bill Number

Status

ID H 509 Signed by Speaker and President 3/18/20

IN

SB 74 Referred to Committee 1/9/20

e. Other Anti-Trans bills

State

Bill Number

Status

AZ

HB 2082

Prefiled 1/2/20

AZ HB 2361 Introduced 1/15/20
IA HF 2164 Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/29/20
IL HB 4645 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/5/20
MO SB 988 Referred to Committee 3/5/20
PA HB 2144 Referred to Committee 12/18/19
SD HB 1215 Withdrawn 2/24/20

Religious Exemption Bills

a. Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs)

State

Bill Number

Status

IN

HB 1416

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/15/20

IA

SF 508

Subcommittee Recommends Passage 2/13/20

WV

HB 2985

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/8/20

b. Religious Exemptions in Healthcare Implicating LGBTQ People

State

Bill Number

Status

IA HF 2273 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/7/20
IA SF 2193 Referred to Subcommittee 2/11/20
IA SF 2194 Referred to Subcommittee 2/11/20

IN

SB 300

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/9/20

KY

SB 90

Referred to committee 3/17/20

OK SB 1515 Referred to Committee 2/6/20
SD SB 109 Passed by Senate 2/24/20

c. Religious Exemptions in Adoption & Foster Care

State

Bill Number

Status

GA SB 368 Referred to Committee 2/18/20
IA SF 2194 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/11/20
IA HF 2273 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/7/20

MO

HB 2043

Read Second Time 1/9/20

TN

SB 1034

House Bill Substituted; Signed by Governor 1/24/20

TN

HB 836

Signed by Governor 1/23/20; Published 2/18/20

d. Religious Exemptions in Schools and Student Organizations

State

Bill Number

Status

MO

SB 761

Referred to Committee 2/13/20

e. Other Religious Exemption Bills

State

Bill Number

Status

CO

HB 1033

Postponed Indefinitely 2/13/20

IA SF 2194 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/11/20
IA HF 2273 Introduced; Referred to Committee 2/7/20

MA

H. 1392

Carryover from 2019

MO HB 2572 Introduced; Referred to Committee 3/1/20
TN SB 364 Referred to Committee 2/19/20
TN SB 2625 / HB 2410 Assigned to Committee 2/10/20; Hearing cancelled 3/18/20

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

AK

SB 7

Active 2/20/19 (carryover from 2019)

AZ

SB 1082

Introduced 1/8/20

SD  HB 1215 Withdrawn 2/24/20
TN

HB 2140 / 
SB 2625

Referred to Committee 2/10/19

LGBTQ Equality Bills

a. Nondiscrimination protections

State

Bill Number

Status

AK HB 82 Carryover from 2019

AZ

HB 2335

Introduced 1/13/20

FL

HB 161

Died in committee 3/14/20

FL

SB 206

Died in committee 3/14/20

IN

SB 137

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/9/20

KY

HB 225

Referred to Committee 1/13/20

LA SB 49 Introduced; referred to committee 3/9/20

MI

HB 4688

Carryover from 2019

MO

HB 1527

Read Second Time 1/9/20

MS HB 710 Died in Committee 3/3/20
MS HB 765 Died in Committee 3/3/20

NE

LB 627

Prioritized 2/19/20

OH

HB 369

Carryover from 2019

OH

SB 11

Carryover from 2019

PA HB 1404 Carryover from 2019

PA

SB 614

Carryover from 2019

SC

H 3239

Carryover from 2019

VA

SB 868

Enrolled bill sent to Governor 3/12/20

VA

HB 23

Incorporated HB 1663 by Voice Vote 1/28/20

VA

HB 1049

Signed by Speaker and President 3/19/20

VA

HB 1663

Failed in House with amendment 3/12/20

WI

SB 308

Carryover from 2019

WV

HB 2733

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/8/20

WV

HB 2741

Motion to Discharge Rejected 2/18/20

WV

HB 2763

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/8/20

WV

SB 211

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/9/20

b. Protections in healthcare

State

Bill Number

Status

MD SB 738 Hearing Scheduled 2/26/20

VA

HB 1429

Enrolled bill sent to Governor 3/17/20

c. Allowing updated gender markers on ID

State

Bill Number

Status

AZ HB 2867 Referred to Committee 2/12/20
CT HB 5290 Hearing Scheduled 3/9/20
HI SB 568

Referred to committee 3/9/20

ID SB 1387 Referred to committee 3/9/20

VA

SB 246

Enrolled bill sent to Governor 3/12/20

VA

SB 657

Enrolled bill sent to Governor 3/12/20

VA

HB 1041

Enrolled bill sent to Governor 3/12/20

d. Other good bills

State

Bill Number

Status

MO

HB 1677

Read Second Time 1/9/20

VA

HB 1051

Left in Committee 2/11/20

VA

SB 161

Approved by Governor 3/4/20

VT

H 569

Introduced; Referred to Committee 1/7/20

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