Content Filed Under: 2017 Legislative Momentum

The 2017 legislative session saw many bills and ordinances brought for hearings, discussions, and eventual votes. Among states, Texas and Mississippi saw the most action in terms of anti-LGBTQ discrimination being considered before legislatures.


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Stay Up-to-Date on Legislative Sessions Nationwide with Our Legislative Tracking Tool

By Shane Stahl • January 19, 2018, 11:41 am Freedom For All Americans is excited to announce the 2018 launch of our Legislative Tracker resource.
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Texas Senate Approves Anti-Transgender Legislation Despite Warnings from Business, Law Enforcement & More

By Adam Polaski • July 25, 2017, 7:41 pm "Texas Senators are once again ignoring the overwhelming majority of voices from across the state who came together to speak out against this discriminatory legislation."
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Shameful: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Calls Special Session, Will Include Discussion on Anti-Transgender Bills

By Adam Polaski • June 6, 2017, 4:21 pm Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is calling a special legislative session to tackle an inordinate agenda – including HB 2899, discriminatory legislation that targets transgender Texans.
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For the First Time Ever, Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Transgender Non-Discrimination Legislation

By Adam Polaski • June 1, 2017, 12:12 pm Big news today out of Wisconsin, where lawmakers today introduced a bill to secure comprehensive non-discrimination protections for transgender people across the state.
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Over the Weekend, Texas Lawmakers Advanced Discriminatory Measures Targeting LGBT Youth

By Adam Polaski • May 22, 2017, 10:12 am Members of the Texas Senate have advanced HB 3859, sweeping legislation that allows taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and foster services to legally discriminate against LGBT people and others, to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature.
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Failing to Learn from North Carolina Disaster, Texas Lt. Gov. Threatens Special Session in Attempt to Pass Anti-Transgender Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 17, 2017, 2:23 pm "While we always knew that Lt. Gov. Patrick opposed the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans, we never thought he would hold an entire state’s agenda hostage in an attempt to pass discriminatory laws like SB 6."
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Tennessee Governor Signs Discriminatory LGBT Erasure Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 1:35 pm Republican Gov. Bill Haslam just signed House Bill 1111 into law. The measure requires the state to interpret all undefined words such as “mother,” “father,” “husband” and “wife,” by their “natural and ordinary meaning."
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Momentum in Challenging Times: LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Advances in Texas

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 10:24 am This week a bill to expand employment non-discrimination protections to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression advanced out of the House Committee on Business and Industry, with bipartisan support.
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Alabama Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • May 3, 2017, 7:27 pm The new law allows taxpayer funded child placement agencies to discriminate against loving and qualified parents based on the agency’s moral or religious beliefs.
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New Anti-LGBT Legislation in Texas Would Roll Back Existing Protections for Transgender People

By Adam Polaski • April 14, 2017, 12:15 pm Lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives have introduced an insidious local preemptions bill that seeks to roll back existing legal protections for transgender people living in certain parts of the Lone Star State.
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In Hearing, Dozens of Montanans Oppose Anti-Transgender Restroom Restrictions Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 23, 2017, 3:43 pm If approved, the measure will be put before the voters of Montana in November of 2018, a strategy opponents of LGBT equality have recently pushed hard.
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Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Bill Making It a Crime for Transgender People to Use the Restroom

By Adam Polaski • March 17, 2017, 5:07 pm Today in Arkansas, the House of Representatives advanced HB1986, which seeks to effectively criminalize transgender people from using public restrooms that align with their gender identity.
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Tennessee House Passes Bill to Erase Rights for Same-Sex Couples, Parents from State Law

By Adam Polaski • March 16, 2017, 5:31 pm Today, Thursday March 16, the Tennessee House of Representatives advanced legislation that attempts to eliminate rights for same sex couples and parents.
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Texas Senate Engrosses Broad Anti-LGBT Bill SB6 on 21-10 Vote

By Adam Polaski • March 15, 2017, 9:28 am On Tuesday, March 14, the Texas Senate took one more step toward approving SB 6, voting to engross the bill 21-10. The Senate is likely to vote on final passage today.
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New Hampshire House Refuses to Consider Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • March 10, 2017, 2:18 pm The New Hampshire House of Representatives refused to debate House Bill 478 on Thursday, tabling the bill in a 187-179 vote.