Oklahoma

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

LGBTQ Nondiscrimination in Oklahoma:

There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide nondiscrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Oklahoma. The city of Norman is the only in the state to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City prevent employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation only. 

The Latest on LGBTQ Nondiscrimination in Oklahoma:

State and national advocates are working toward furthering the conversation of why nondiscrimination protections matter in Oklahoma.

During the 2016 legislative session, Oklahoma lawmakers took steps to reject anti-LGBT discrimination. The legislative session ended with the defeat of more than two dozen anti-LGBT bills that had been introduced in the Oklahoma legislature, thanks to the efforts of statewide LGBT group Freedom Oklahoma.

History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Oklahoma:

  • May 19, 2016: Senate Bill 1619, which would discriminate against transgender children in Oklahoma schools, is introduced in the Senate. It is the latest in a legislative session that saw 27 anti-LGBT bills previously introduced in the session.
  • May 24, 2016: SB 1619 is defeated in the Senate, bringing an end to all of the anti-LGBT legislation filed in 2016. With the Oklahoma legislative session now ended with all anti-LGBT legislation defeated, significant momentum has been built toward nondiscrimination in the future.
  • May 11, 2018: Governor Mary Fallin signs a discriminatory adoption bill into law, that allows private and publicly-funded adoption agencies to refuse to place a child with an LGBTQ person by claiming a religious or moral exception. This makes Oklahoma one of nine states with such adoption laws on the books.
  • August 27, 2019: The city of Norman becomes the first in the state to pass a comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance, by a vote of 8-1.

Municipalities with LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Oklahoma:

The following municipalities protect people from discrimination in housing only on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity:

  • City of Lindsay
  • City of Oklahoma City
  • City of Tulsa

The following municipalities protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity:

  • City of Norman

Last Updated January 05, 2021