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LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

Idaho
No Statewide LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections
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LGBTQ Nondiscrimination in Idaho:

There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide nondiscrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Idaho.

The Latest on LGBTQ Nondiscrimination in Idaho:

Idahoans continue to band together to work for a statewide comprehensive non-discrimination law, aligning the values of Idahoans with legislation that will give protections to LGBTQ people.

History of LGBTQ Nondiscrimination in Idaho:

  • November 8, 1994: The voters of Idaho reject Initiative 1, an initiative that would have forbid state and local governments from granting minority status and rights based on sexual orientation.
  • February 10, 2012: The Senate State Affairs Committee, by a 7-2 vote, killed a bill that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, educational opportunities and public accommodations.
  • August 5, 2012: Sandpoint, Idaho becomes the first city in the state to pass comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, with major support from Mayor Marsha Ogilve and the city’s Chamber of Commerce. The cities of Pocatello and Boise pass their own ordinances shortly thereafter, stoking a statewide conversation on LGBTQ nondiscrimination.
  • May 20, 2014: The voters of Pocatello, Idaho reject Proposition 1, an initiative that would have repealed the city’s ordinance that prohibits discrimination with regard to housing, employment and public accommodations based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity and gender expression
  • January 15, 2015: The House Ways and Means Committee votes 6-1 to hold a hearing on a bill that adds language prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act. It had been denied a hearing in each of the preceding nine years. On January 29, the House State Affairs Committee votes 13-4 against the bill.
  • February 12, 2020: The city of Ada passes a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance.
  • March 30, 2020: Governor Brad Little signs HB 500 into law, forbidding transgender athletes from participating in sports in the division that best represents their gender identity. A Lambda Legal lawsuit is quickly filed, and the law is prevented from going into effect awaiting appeal.

Municipalities With LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Idaho:

The following municipalities protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity: MAP has a full list

  • City of Ada
  • City of Bellevue
  • City of Boise
  • City of Coeur d’Alene
  • City of Driggs
  • City of Hailey
  • City of Idaho Falls
  • City of Ketchum
  • City of Lewiston
  • City of Meridian
  • City of Moscow (protections in employment and housing only)
  • City of Pocatello
  • City of Sandpoint
  • City of Victor
  • County of Ada (unincorporated areas only)

Last updated January 5, 2021