LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Alabama:
There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide laws establishing LGBTQ non-discrimination in Alabama.
The Latest on LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Alabama:
Work continues, in the legislature and in communities throughout Alabama, to bring the state’s laws in line with the values of its residents and ensure that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination. Advocates on the ground, including Equality Alabama and others, are working to build momentum for LGBTQ non-discrimination in Alabama.
History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Alabama:
- November 2006: Patricia Todd is elected as State Representative for House District 54 and makes history as the first openly gay legislator in Alabama.
- 2006-2017: Local and national organizations engage in conversations about who LGBT Alabamians are, and support for fully comprehensive non-discrimination grows. Several bills are introduced in the Alabama Legislature to extend statewide non-discrimination protections to LGBT people, but the bills stall.
- May 28, 2015: The Alabama legislature tables a vote on an LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination bill. The legislation ignites a spark of conversation about the discrimination that LGBTQ Alabamians face.
- December 2015: The Montgomery City Council votes to amend their employment policies, protecting public employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
- May 3, 2017: H.B 24, the “Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act,” is signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey. This allows some state-licensed adoption groups to reject LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the organization’s religious beliefs. An amendment was added to the bill preventing agencies receiving state or federal funding to engage in discriminatory practices.
- September 26, 2017: Birmingham passes a local ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the first Alabama city to extend comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.
Municipalities With Non-Discrimination Protections
The following municipalities protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity: MAP has a full list.
- City of Birmingham
- City of Montevallo
*note: The city of Mobile offers sexual orientation and gender identity protections in housing only.
Last updated January 5, 2021