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Topic: Statewide Bills

Massachusetts GOP Governor Signs Transgender Rights Bill ABC News  •  July 8, 2016 Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill into law Friday guaranteeing that transgender people can use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. Baker said no one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their identity. Massachusetts becomes the
Massachusetts poised to become 19th state banning trans discrimination MSNBC  •  June 1, 2016 The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to ban discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of gender identity, positioning the Bay State one step closer to joining 18 others in offering broad civil rights protections to the LGBT community. Lawmakers in the De
North Carolina, Mississippi, And 2016’s LGBT Rights Backlash Vocativ  •  April 7, 2016 These bills, all from just this year, are far from alone. “There’s really been an uptick over the past three years,” says Andy Garcia, program manager for Equality Federation, a nationwide LGBTQ activist organization. “We’ve never seen anything like this legislative session in terms of bil
Mississippi Senate Passes Most Sweeping Anti-LGBT Legislation in the U.S. New York Magazine  •  March 30, 2016 Just a week after an anti-LGBT law passed in North Carolina, and only two days after Georgia’s governor vetoed a similar religious-exemption bill, Mississippi’s Senate has passed what critics call the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the United States. On Wednesday, the Senate
Indiana Just Refused to Pass Even the Most Basic of LGBT Civil Rights Bills Towleroad  •  February 19, 2016 Indiana lawmakers on Thursday failed to pass even the most basic of LGBT civil rights bill that would have protected Hoosiers from work-place discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Indiana has struggled with LGBT rights since Governor Mike Pence signed into law the hein
New LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill Filed in Kentucky with Bipartisan Support Freedom For All Americans  •  February 16, 2016 This week, lawmakers in Kentucky introduced new legislation seeking to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Kentucky from discrimination – and for the first time, according to Kentucky’s statewide LGBT organization the Fairness Campaign, the legislation has bipartisan supp
Why 2016 could be a very difficult year for LGBT activists Washington Post  •  February 11, 2016 In state legislatures across the nation, in fact, 2016 is shaping up to be a very difficult year for LGBT rights groups. Less than eight months after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, LGBT advocates are on the defensive, playing whack-a-mole with a massive number of bills in
LGBT Activists Protest Georgia ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill Time  •  February 10, 2016 LGBT rights activists on Tuesday protested a Georgia bill that would grant a religious person the right to not perform a same-sex marriage ceremony. The “Pastor Protection Act” is meant to “reassure the faith community” that people won’t have to perform marriage ceremonies that don’t
Florida LGBT Rights Bill Dead; Still Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay Miami New Times  •  February 10, 2016 Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Florida, it’s also still completely within the law for an employer to fire someone for being gay or a landlord to deny housing to a transgender tenant in large swaths of the state. For the tenth time, a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers (yes, even
Bill banning LGBT discrimination nearly dies, will be re-heard Tuesday Tampa Bay Times  •  February 8, 2016 Minutes after leaving it for dead Monday, senators breathed new life into a proposal to ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Floridians. Supporters have one last shot Tuesday to pass the bill (SB 120), which would ban discrimination in employment, housing and public acco