LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Utah:

Since 2015, Utah has protected people from discrimination in housing and employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, these non-discrimination laws do not cover public accommodations. 

The Latest on LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Utah:

LGBTQ Utahns continue to work toward fully comprehensive non-discrimination protections, with the support of state groups such as Equality Utah.

History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Utah:

  • July 8, 1986: Gay rights activist David Nelson unsuccessfully lobbies the Salt Lake City Council to create a human rights commission and to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, the first of its kind in Utah.
  • 1991: The University of Utah adopts a non-discrimination policy to prohibit discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation.
  • September 30, 1992: The Salt Lake County Commission adopts Ordinance 1212, providing  nondiscrimination protections to LGB county employees and the complete provision of county services to LGB county residents. It remains the first such law in Utah history. 
  • 2008: Legislators launch the Common Ground Initiative in response to California’s Proposition 8 in an attempt to protect the equal rights of LGBTQ people across the state. Five bills are introduced to the legislature, with the important endorsement of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. All five bills fail in committee in the state legislature.
  • November 12, 2009: Salt Lake City Council adopts a policy banning discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation. A second measure is adopted in 2010 to add gender identity and expression.
  • 2010-2011: Equality Utah lobbies successfully for the passage of LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinances in twelve Utah cities.
  • March 6, 2015: The Utah State Senate votes 23-5 to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people in housing and employment. On March 11, the legislation is approved by the House, and on March 12, Republican Governor Gary Herbert signs the bill into law.

Last Updated June 24, 2019