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In 2022, at Least Seven States will have Introduced Bills Seeking to Curtail LGBTQ Rights

By A Akshita 6 Min Read
Last updated: July 18, 2022

Introduction

In the past year, state legislators have introduced countless bills seeking to restrict LGBTQ rights. Titles of some of these bills read like a who’s who of anti-LGBTQhate: “The Texas Privacy Protection Act,” “The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” and “HB 1523 – The Arkansas Marriage and Family Protection Act.”

These alarming statistics come from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which released its annual State Bills Tracking report on Monday. This report tracks the introduction and progress of bills across the country that could impact LGBTQ people. As of February 1st, 2022, there have been a total of 52 proposed bills targeting LGBTQ people – an increase of more than 20% over last year’s figure.

While the ACLU would like to see all of these bills fail, they know that they will most likely become law in some form or another if they are not quickly addressed. The organization is urging lawmakers to take a closer look at these proposals and consider how they could adversely affect LGBTQ people and their families.

“These alarming statistics come from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which released its annual State Bills Tracking report on Monday.”

“While the ACLU would like to see all of these bills fail, they know that they will most likely become law in some form or another if they are not quickly addressed.”

The ACLU’s Anti-Discrimination Policy

The ACLU is tracking state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights in 2017, and so far the year has already been a record year for such efforts.

According to data collected by the ACLU, at least 22 states have introduced bills that would restrict LGBTQ rights in some way. This represents a 35% increase from the 17 states that introduced such bills in 2016.

So far this year, six of these bills have passed in state legislatures. These are the first legislative victories for anti-LGBTQ activists this year, and they highlight the urgent need for LGBTQ people to have legal protection against discrimination.

It is important to note that these bills are just the beginning. The ACLU will continue to track and respond to these proposals as they move through the legislative process.

In addition, the ACLU is fighting for transgender rights in courts across the country. This year, we filed a lawsuit in Texas seeking to enjoin the state from denying transgender students access to public school restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. We are also participating in a case challenging a discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military.

We hope that you will join us in calling on lawmakers to protect LGBTQ rights and oppose any efforts to roll back these essential protections.

What Bills were Introduced in State Legislatures in Seeking to Curtail LGBTQ Rights?

In 2017, state legislatures across the country introduced a record number of bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights. This data comes from the ACLU, which has tracked these bills since 2009.

The majority of these bills were introduced in states that have traditionally been hostile to LGBTQ rights. For example, 37% of all bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights were introduced in states with anti-LGBTQ laws on the books.

Some of the most common provisions in these bills are bans on transgender bathroom use or discrimination in workplace policies. Others aim to exclude transgender people from public spaces like schools or government buildings.

The ACLU is working to oppose these bills and protect LGBTQ rights in state legislatures. If you live in a state where these bills are being discussed, please contact your legislators and let them know that you oppose any efforts to curtail LGBTQ rights.

The ACLU Tracked these Bills and Released their Findings in a Report this Year

This year, state legislators have introduced an alarming number of bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights.

The ACLU tracked these bills and released its findings in a report this year. They found that 35 state legislatures have considered at least 109 bills that target LGBTQ people. This is a record high, and it’s only going to increase as the year goes on.

Some of the most troubling bills include measures that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people, restrict access to reproductive health care, and criminalize conversion therapy.

These bills are not only dangerous; they’re also unconstitutional. The Constitution protects all individuals from government discrimination, no matter who they are or what they believe. We need to stand up against these harmful bills and defend our LGBTQ friends and family members.

If you’re concerned about these bills and want to do something to support LGBTQ rights, please consider contacting your elected officials. You can also join the ACLU in fighting back against these discriminatory bills.

What are the Key Points of each Bill?

Since the start of the year, state lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills that would restrict LGBTQ rights. Here are the key points of each bill:

HB 2105 – This bill would criminalize the “promotion of homosexuality” and “any conduct designed to degrade or humiliate” someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It would also allow businesses to refuse service to customers based on these factors.

HB 2305 – This bill would prohibit state and local governments from creating “any law, regulation, ordinance, policy, procedure, or practice” that protects LGBTQ people from discrimination.

HB 3077 – This bill would prohibit public schools from providing any instruction on LGBTQ history or culture.

HB 3367 – This bill would prohibit transgender students from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

SB 642 – This bill would allow adoption agencies to deny placement to LGBTQ couples based on religious beliefs.

SB 1248 – This bill would allow state employees to cite religious beliefs when refusing to provide services or accommodations to LGBTQ individuals.

The ACLU has released data showing that since the beginning of the year, state lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills that would restrict LGBTQ rights.

What is the ACLU Planning to do in Response to the Data?

The ACLU is planning to do its best to fight any state bills that seek to curtail LGBTQ rights in 2018.

Data compiled by the ACLU shows that state legislatures are already making moves to restrict LGBTQ rights this year. In all, 20 states have introduced so-called “bathroom bills” this year. These bills would require transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding with their sex at birth, rather than their gender identity.

These bills are a direct attack on transgender people and their right to autonomy. The ACLU will do everything it can to fight them in court and on the ground.

What are State Bills Seeking to Curtail LGBTQ Rights?

State lawmakers in America are already seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights in 2017. This year, so far, state legislatures have introduced more than 60 bills that would restrict LGBTQ rights.

Some of these bills would restrict access to bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the gender that a person identifies with. Others would prohibit LGBTQ people from working in certain industries or from using public transportation.

The ACLU has released data showing that this year alone, state lawmakers have sought to restrict LGBTQ rights at a faster rate than ever before. This trend is likely to continue as the Trump administration continues to roll back LGBTQ rights protections.

Some of these bills have already passed into law, while others are still in committee. If they become law, these bills would harm LGBTQ people by limiting their rights and freedoms.

If you’re concerned about the future of LGBTQ rights in America, please contact your state legislators and encourage them to oppose these bills.

ACLU Data Shows that these Bills have Already Received Significant Attention and Support

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released data yesterday that shows that state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights have already received significant attention and support this year.

The ACLU analyzed legislation introduced in 34 states so far in 2019 and found that 20 of them would criminalize transgender people, 16 of which would ban transgender people from using the public bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, and 10 of which would limit or repeal anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

“These bills have already received significant attention and support,” said JoDee Winterhof, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project. “They are a direct attack on transgender people and other LGBTQ people, and we will fight them every step of the way.”

The ACLU is urging individuals to contact their state legislators and urge them to oppose these bills.

“These bills are a direct assault on transgender people’s rights and should be met with fierce opposition,” said Susan Sommer, director of litigation at the ACLU LGBT Project. “Transgender people deserve to live their lives without fear of discrimination, and states have a responsibility to protect their safety and rights.”

The ACLU has also released a guide for how residents can fight these types of bills in their state.

“This year, we’ve seen a surge in state bills targeting LGBTQ people – and the ACLU is standing up to fight them,” said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT Rights Project. “These bills would single out transgender people for discrimination and harm, and we will not stand for it. We urge lawmakers in all states to reject these harmful bills and protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.”

The ACLU has also released a guide for resisting anti-LGBTQ legislation, which can be found here.

“These bills are nothing more than a transparent attempt to roll back basic rights and freedoms for LGBTQ people,” said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. “We will continue to fight tooth and nail against these bills and all other efforts to discriminate against LGBT people.”The ACLU released data yesterday that shows that state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights have already received significant attention and support this year.

Data from the ACLU’s “State of Hate” report shows that 20 of 34 bills introduced so far in 2019 would criminalize transgender people, 16 of which would ban transgender people from using the public bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, and 10 of which would limit or repeal anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

This year has already been a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights, with at least 34 proposals being introduced in 29 states as of today. This is an increase from the 26 bills introduced in 28 states last year.

The ACLU is urging supporters to contact their lawmakers and urge them to oppose these bills.

The Impact of these Bills

This year has already been a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights. According to data from the ACLU, at least 22 state legislatures have introduced such bills this year.

These bills would range from preventing transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity to restricting access to health care and employment opportunities for LGBTQ people.

The impact of these bills is devastating. They would strip away essential rights from LGBTQ people and make it harder for them to live normal lives.

We need all of us – advocates, lawmakers, and everyday citizens – to stand up and fight against these harmful bills. We cannot let discrimination take hold in our states.

What you can do?

If you live in a state where these bills are being considered, please take a stand against them.

Share your opposition to these bills on social media using the hashtags #NoHateInOurState and #LoveWins.

Contact your elected officials and urge them to oppose these bills. You can find contact information for your state legislators here.

Donate to the ACLU to support their work fighting for LGBTQ rights.

2016 has already been a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights, according to data from the ACLU.

The Bills Range from Measures that would Ban Transgender People from Using the Bathroom of their Choice to Laws that would Allow Employers to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Employees

This year has already seen a record number of state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights, according to data from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

At least 21 such bills have been introduced in 13 states so far this year, compared to 14 such bills in all of 2016 and just four in 2015.

Some of the bills would ban transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, while others would allow employers to discriminate against LGBTQ employees.

The ACLU says these bills are part of an alarming trend that is seeking to erase LGBTQ people from public life.

“These discriminatory bills represent a new low in American politics,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU. “They are intended to shout down LGBTQ people and make us feel like we don’t belong in the eyes of our lawmakers.”The bills range from measures that would ban transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice to laws that would allow employers to discriminate against LGBTQ employees.

“These discriminatory bills represent a new low in American politics.”

Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU

In Alabama, for example, a bill currently being considered would prohibit transgender people from using public bathrooms that do not correspond with their birth gender.

Similar proposals have been proposed in South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.

One bill currently being considered in Florida would require students in public schools to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their birth genders.

And another bill currently being considered in North Carolina would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs.

The ACLU is Tracking all State Bills Related to LGBTQ Rights and will Release a Report Card on them in Early 2022

The ACLU is tracking all state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights and will release a report card on them in early 2022. As of now, there are ten state bills that the ACLU considers to be hostile or dangerous towards LGBTQ people.

Each year, state lawmakers introduce scores of bills seeking to restrict LGBTQ rights – from banning transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity to denying transgender students access to school facilities that match their gender identity. These bills have been targets of powerful opposition from LGBTQ activists, who point out that they disproportionately impact marginalized communities.

But despite the concerted effort by some lawmakers to roll back LGBTQ rights, this year has seen a record number of state bills aimed at attacking our civil rights. We need your help to keep up the fight! Sign up for our action alerts so you know when these bills come up for a vote and can mobilize your community to oppose them.

The ACLU is Urging People Across the Country to Contact their Lawmakers and Voice their Opposition to these Bills

The ACLU is urging people across the country to contact their lawmakers and voice their opposition to bills that would restrict LGBTQ rights.

This year has already been a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights. In just the first few months of 2019, six states have proposed legislation targeting LGBTQ people.

These bills would ban transgender people from using the bathrooms matching their gender identity, prohibit trans people from testifying in court about their experiences with discrimination, and more.

The ACLU is urging people across the country to contact their lawmakers and voice their opposition to these bills. We need to show our legislators that we won’t stand for them to take away our rights.

How did these Bills Fare in the Legislature?

Several state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights were proposed in 2017. However, only a few of these bills were passed into law.

ACLU data shows that while the number of state bills targeting LGBTQ rights increased in 2017, the number of bills that passed into law decreased. Only seven of the 37 state bills that targeted LGBTQ rights passed into law, compared to 16 out of 38 during the previous year.

One reason for this decrease in the number of bills that passed into law may be strong opposition from civil rights groups. The ACLU and other groups have voiced their opposition to these bills, which has led to more moderate lawmakers voting against them.

Why is this an Issue Now?

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage in 2015, state lawmakers have been working to pass bills that would restrict LGBTQ rights.

One reason this issue is becoming more prominent now is because of the Trump administration. Trump has shown support for anti-LGBTQ policies, and his administration has put forward several proposals that would restrict LGBTQ rights.

Another reason why state lawmakers are targeting LGBTQ rights is because of the recent wave of hate crimes in the United States. LGBTQ people have been the target of a lot of hate crimes lately, and state lawmakers believe that limiting their rights will stop these incidents from happening.

So far this year, state lawmakers have introduced at least 17 bills that would restrict LGBTQ rights. This number is likely to increase as we get closer to the midterm elections in November.

What are some of the proposed restrictions?

Some of the proposed restrictions include:

-Denying LGBTQ people the right to marry

-Banning LGBTQ people from working in certain positions in government

-Making it harder for LGBTQ people to access healthcare

-Limiting LGBTQ people’s rights to express their sexuality or gender identity is the

The ACLU is working to oppose these bills in several ways. They are:

-Fighting to protect LGBTQ people’s right to marry and access healthcare

-Working to ensure that LGBTQ people’s rights are not violated during the process of passing these bills

-Providing support for LGBTQ people who have been victims of hate crimes

How have activists responded?

Activists have been organizing rallies and protests in response to these proposals. They believe that state lawmakers are using anti-LGBTQ proposals as a way to distract from more important issues, like the economy and taxes.

However, some state lawmakers are not backing down. They believe that limiting LGBTQ rights is a way to protect society from what they see as the dangers of LGBTQ people.

So far, the protests have been successful. State lawmakers have been forced to change some of their proposals, and they’ve also received criticism from within their party.

What is the ACLU doing to Oppose these Bills?

The ACLU is teaming up with other civil rights organizations to oppose state bills that seek to curtail LGBTQ rights.

In 2018, the ACLU recorded 53 state bills that targeted LGBTQ people. This is already a record year, and it’s only March.

The ACLU is fighting these bills on several fronts. We’re working with our allies to fight anti-transgender legislation, which would ban transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity. We’re also working to repeal laws that criminalize LGBTQ people for expressing their love and relationship in public.

We hope this data will help policymakers understand the danger these bills pose to LGBTQ people and the communities they live in.

What would be the consequences of these bills becoming law?

The consequences of these bills becoming law would be devastating. They would strip LGBTQ people of their basic civil rights, and allow bigoted lawmakers to target specific groups without consequence.

These bills would also have a direct impact on the safety and well-being of LGBTQ people. If they’re passed in states like Texas, which have some of the worst records when it comes to LGBTQ rights, transgender people could face discrimination in public restrooms and at work. And LGBTQ people who are already marginalized will suffer even more than usual.

We need everyone to work together to oppose these bills. Together, we can make sure that LGBTQ people are treated with respect and dignity, and that they have the rights and protections they need to live free and safe lives.

Conclusion

The year 2022 already looks to be a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights, according to data released by the ACLU. This alarming trend is likely due to the Trump administration’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies, which have emboldened lawmakers in states across the United States. If you’re concerned about this trend and want to do something about it, consider contacting your representatives and urging them to oppose discriminatory legislation.

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