Content Filed Under: 2016 Legislative Momentum

Throughout 2016, movement on LGBTQ-related bills both good and bad played a key role regarding the issue of comprehensive non-discrimination protections. Here’s how legislatures nationwide advanced or killed such bills, ordinances, and ballot initiatives in 2016.


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Here’s the Sweeping New Anti-LGBT Bill North Carolina Lawmakers Have Proposed in Today’s Special Session

By Adam Polaski • March 23, 2016, 11:00 am Today in North Carolina, leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly unveiled a sweeping bill, designed to target an ordinance recently approved in Charlotte extending comprehensive non-discrimination protections to LGBT residents.
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NC Lawmakers Convene Unprecedented, Costly Special Legislative Session to Repeal Charlotte’s LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Megan Clayton • March 22, 2016, 9:35 am After weeks of threats, legislative leaders in North Carolina announced that the General Assembly will reconvene tomorrow—Wednesday, March 22nd—for a special legislative session aimed at repealing Charlotte's LGBT non-discrimination law. The unprecedented legislative session will cost taxpayers upwards of $42,000 per day.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: All Eyes on Georgia with Anti-LGBT Bill 1 Signature from Law

By Adam Polaski • March 19, 2016, 9:46 am This week anti-LGBT legislation advanced in states across the country – but nowhere is a bill more extreme or closer to becoming law than in Georgia, where HB 757, a very broad religious exemption bill cobbled together from several anti-LGBT bills, was shoved through the legislature unexpectedly on Wednesday.
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MasterCard Joins Growing Array of Businesses Speaking Out Against Missouri’s SJR 39

By Megan Clayton • March 16, 2016, 12:02 pm President of Technologies and Operations at MasterCard Rob Reeg released a statement last week lauding Governor Jay Nixon for his commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBT community and urging him to stand firm against any legislation that would allow discrimination.
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Tennessee House Subcommittee Advances Anti-Transgender “Gender Inspection” bill

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2016, 7:09 pm Now the bill advances to the the Senate Education Committee, where Tennessee lawmakers should heed the concerns of Governor Haslam by refusing to advance the clearly discriminatory bill.
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Tennessee Lawmakers to Consider Anti-Transgender Bill, Following Governor’s Discussion of Concerns

By Megan Clayton • March 15, 2016, 10:45 am A Tennessee bill that would force transgender children to use facilities that correspond with their biological sex—ignoring their gender identity or expression—has had its hearing rescheduled to next week.
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All Anti-LGBT Legislation in Oklahoma Has Been Defeated for 2016

By Adam Polaski • March 11, 2016, 11:06 am Yesterday, advocates in Oklahoma – led by the statewide LGBT group Freedom Oklahoma – celebrated the fact that all legislation targeting the LGBT community in the state has been defeated.
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Following Historic 40-Hour Filibuster, Missouri Senate Advances Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment

By Adam Polaski • March 9, 2016, 9:48 am This historic filibuster grabbed the attention of the nation and should make it clear to lawmakers in states across the country that they cannot quietly pass discriminatory and dangerous legislation like this
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LISTEN: Missouri Lawmaker Can’t Describe Why Racial Discrimination Differs from Anti-LGBT Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • March 8, 2016, 2:39 pm As Missouri Senate Democrats’ filibuster to oppose discrimination approaches a full 24 hours, it’s easy to forgot just how simple this dangerous bill (SJR39) really is.
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Missouri Lawmakers Surpass 18 Hours of Filibuster for Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 8, 2016, 11:02 am Since Monday, March 7 at 4:00pm CT, a group of dedicated Senators in Missouri have been leading a passionate filibuster against SJR39, legislation that would send to the ballot an anti-LGBT proposed constitutional amendment.
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Atlanta City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Any Anti-LGBT Bills in Georgia

By Adam Polaski • March 8, 2016, 8:57 am On Monday, March 7, the City Council in Atlanta passed a resolution signaling a brighter future path for Georgia when it comes to full inclusion and acceptance of LGBT individuals.
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Even Following South Dakota Outcry and Veto, Anti-Transgender Bill in Tennessee to Be Heard on Tuesday

By Adam Polaski • March 4, 2016, 10:27 am In Tennessee, a bill that would target transgender students is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, March 8 in the House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee.
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FORWARD: South Dakota House Sustains Governor’s Veto of Anti-Transgender Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 3, 2016, 2:59 pm Today, March 3, the South Dakota House of Representatives voted to sustain Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of House Bill 1008, invasive legislation that would have irreparably harmed transgender children in the state.
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VICTORY: South Dakota Governor Shows Leadership with Veto of Anti-Transgender Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 1, 2016, 5:12 pm From the transgender people who shared their stories far and wide to the businesses who spoke out – this victory is a testament to the strength of the movement we’re building nationwide.
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Lawyer Who Served Under 3 Republican Presidents Tells GA Lawmakers: Reject Anti-LGBT Discrimination!

By Adam Polaski • February 29, 2016, 11:37 am His findings? The law "would create a basis for discrimination that will harm Georgia and its citizens, as well as our state's national reputation."