Updated September 12, 2023
The landscape of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation:
As of June 8, the Human Rights Campaign reported that more than 525 anti-LGBTQ+ bills had been introduced in 41 states in 2023. Over 220 of these bills explicitly targeted transgender people and a total of 77 bills have been signed into law, which is more than any year on record.
Both proposed and passed legislation have been proven to have more than just legal ramifications.
Their impact can be felt in the divisions in U.S. political culture, the emotional well-being of individuals and families, and the ability for LGBTQ+ (particularly non-binary and trans) folks to feel safe and respected in public and professional settings.
We at PIOW have identified 3 key impact areas of which LGBTQ+ and allied professionals should be aware:
- Societal Impact – increased severity of anti-LGBTQ+ and violent rhetoric, invalidation of LGBTQ+ identity in public discourse and news cycles, uprooting of LGBTQ+ students and families seeking affirming care and safety, changes to educational curriculum and funding
- Emotional Impact – negative mental health reported by LGBTQ+ youth, increased bullying of youth at schools and online, feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression in LGBTQ+ individuals of all ages
- Workplace Impact – weakening of DEI initiatives, uncertainty or inability to secure health insurance coverage for oneself and family based on location, hesitancy of corporate voices to defend LGBTQ+ customers and employees, an emboldening of colleagues to make jokes or offensive comments as basic LGBTQ+ rights and identities are framed as ‘up for debate’
As we navigate periods of legislative uncertainty, it is important that LGBTQ+ individuals, business leaders, and allies become familiar with issues projected to harm our communities. To help with this effort, we’ve sourced the latest updates from LGBTQ- and DEI-centric organizations advocating on behalf of LGBTQ+ and marginalized communities in the face of discriminatory legislation.
Find case summaries and informed perspectives from the ACLU, Athlete Ally, GLAD, HRC, MAP, National Women’s Law Center, YW Boston, and community advocates Erin Reed and Schuyler Bailar, organized by topic below.
LIVE TOWN HALL EVENT, BOSTON
October 23, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Join PIOW at the Boston Public Library this October for a live, in-person town hall event bringing together Boston’s LGBTQ+ and business leaders to address the future of LGBTQ+ protections and DEI policy in the U.S.