The HIV epidemic continues to disproportionately affect gay and bisexual men, transgender women, youth, and communities of color. Meanwhile, bills seeking to criminalize HIV are based on misinformation rather than accurate science about the transmission of HIV. Ignoring modern medical knowledge, these laws carry harsh penalties such as 35-year prison terms and registration as a sex offender for behaviors now known to carry no risk of transmission. These bills create a strong disincentive for individuals to find out their HIV status, and disproportionately target LGBTQ people. In addition to criminalization bills we also monitor needle exchange, forced testing, and prevention via comprehensive sex ed bills in every state.
We monitor and track important federal legislation, court cases, rule changes, and ballot measures when LGBTQ+ lives will be affected. Learn more about the moments we’re monitoring.
Update 5/17/19: the Equality Act passed the House. Now we’re taking the fight to the Senate.On March 13, 2019 bipartisan members of Congress introduced the Equality Act, which would update federal law to include express and enduring nondiscrimination protections for Americans based on sexual orientation and gender identity across virtually every area of daily life.
The 2020 legislative session has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the current coronavirus crisis, many state legislatures have either suspended session or are focusing primarily on pandemic relief bills.
On October 8 the U.S. Supreme Court heard three cases about LGBTQ employment discrimination that will determine if federal law protects LGBTQ people.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Oct. 4, 2019. The rule is titled “Ensuring Equal Treatment for...
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