In states without a statewide nondiscrimination law, hundreds of cities have passed ordinances protecting LGBTQ people. States are increasingly “preempting” the laws of cities and towns that seek to protect low-income workers, immigrants, and LGBTQ people. “Preemption” strips municipalities of their ability to pass LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections at the local level. This kind of state overreach means that American families from many different walks of life could easily lose the ability to live, work, and raise children free from discrimination in their own hometowns.
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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