Content Filed Under: 2018 Legislative Momentum

The 2018 legislative session has seen many bills and ordinances brought for hearings, discussions, and eventual votes.


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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer Signs Dangerous Anti-LGBTQ Child Welfare Bill, Latest in Disturbing Trend

By Adam Polaski • May 18, 2018, 6:33 pm “This new law will hurt kids in Kansas who are in need of safe, loving homes. It’s dangerous and irresponsible to enact laws that will impact LGBTQ families and kids, and that prevent perfectly qualified same-sex couples and others from starting families."
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Missouri House Committee Votes to Advance LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • May 18, 2018, 2:22 pm On May 16, 2018, the General Laws Committee of the Missouri Legislature voted to advance the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA,) HB 2100 and HB 3160, legislation that would extend nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations for LGBTQ people in Missouri.
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Freedom New Hampshire Campaign Leader Linds Jakows Celebrates Long-Awaited Victory

By Shane Stahl • May 9, 2018, 11:52 am Linds Jakows, campaign manager for Freedom New Hampshire, talks through the process of winning comprehensive statewide nondiscrimination protections in the Granite State, and how they arrived at a historic victory.
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Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act Passes in New York General Assembly, Heads to State Senate

By Shane Stahl • May 8, 2018, 4:57 pm The legislation will make its way to the state senate for the ninth time since being introduced in 2003.
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Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Bill Defeated in Republican Controlled Colorado Senate

By Shane Stahl • May 4, 2018, 1:52 pm A Senate bill that would have allowed private and taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to openly discriminate against LGBTQ people was defeated in the state senate on May 1.
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BREAKING: In Historic Victory, New Hampshire’s GOP-Led Senate Passes Transgender-Inclusive Nondiscrimination Protections!

By Shane Stahl • May 2, 2018, 6:25 pm In a legislative victory two years in the making, the New Hampshire Senate, by a bipartisan vote of 14-10, voted in favor of a bill, HB 1319, that adds transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections to the state’s existing civil rights law.
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First Anti-LGBTQ Bill to Pass Through State Legislature in 2018 Expected to Reach Oklahoma Governor’s Desk

By Adam Polaski • May 2, 2018, 10:52 am SB 1140, dangerous adoption legislation that would allow child welfare and adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people when placing children in a home by claiming a “religious or moral exemption," is headed to Governor Mary Fallin's desk, the first discriminatory legislation to advance through a state legislature in 2018.
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New Hampshire Senate to Vote Tomorrow on Statewide Nondiscrimination Protections for Transgender People

By Shane Stahl • May 1, 2018, 3:52 pm HB 1319, legislation to add nondiscrimination protections for transgender people to existing law, is among the dozens of bills lawmakers will vote on over the next two days.
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This Week in LGBTQ Nondiscrimination: Advances in TN & NH as OK & KS Discrimination Looms

By Shane Stahl • April 27, 2018, 1:48 pm Positive momentum in NH and TN this week, while bad bills continue in KS and OK.
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Advocates for LGBTQ Equal Treatment Urge Oklahoma Governor to Veto Discriminatory Bill Ahead of Final Debate

By Shane Stahl • April 27, 2018, 11:34 am SB 1140 would allow adoption and child welfare agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people when placing children.
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VICTORY! Tennessee Legislative Session Adjourns, Defeating All Anti-LGBTQ Bills!

By Shane Stahl • April 26, 2018, 1:55 pm On April 25 the 2018 Tennessee state legislative session came to a close, thereby stopping movement on all anti-LGBTQ legislation that had been put before lawmakers.
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New Hampshire’s Transgender-Inclusive Nondiscrimination Bill, HB 1319, Advances to Full Senate

By Shane Stahl • April 25, 2018, 10:45 am HB 1319, comprehensive nondiscrimination legislation, continued towards the Senate for a full floor vote, even after the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to give endorsement.
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This Week in Nondiscrimination: A New Campaign Launches, Existing Campaigns Move Forward, and Anti-LGBTQ Bills Continue in CO and OK

By Shane Stahl • April 20, 2018, 4:46 pm What you might have missed in LGBTQ nondiscrimination news and highlights for the week of April 15, including stories from Colorado, New Hampshire, Montana, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts.
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‘Free and Fair Montana’ Launches to Stave Off Dangerous Anti-Transgender Ballot Initiative

By Shane Stahl • April 17, 2018, 10:06 am Free and Fair Montana has launched their campaign to fend off a dangerous ballot initiative that would discriminate against transgender people using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.
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Thursday is National Give Out Day — a Time to Support LGBTQ People Nationwide

By Shane Stahl • April 16, 2018, 2:01 pm This Thursday, April 19, is Give Out Day, when supporters of LGBTQ groups nationwide come together to donate to causes that protect, inform, and engage the LGBTQ community at all different levels.