Over 120 Bills Restricting LGBTQ Rights Introduced Nationwide in 2023 So Far

WASHINGTON - January 19, 2023 - As the 2023 legislative session begins, politicians across the country already introduced 124 total bills restricting LGBTQ people, targeting their freedom of expression, the safety of transgender students, and access to health care for gender dysphoria.

At the center of the American Civil Liberties Union's efforts to oppose these bills is a new digital dashboard tracking bills as they are introduced to help advocates, organizers, and allies take action. Bills attacking LGBTQ rights are assessed by ACLU legal staff, categorized by their issue focus, and regularly updated to reflect their current status.

"These bills represented a coordinated effort to deny transgender people our freedom, our safety, and our dignity," said Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the ACLU's LGBTQ & HIV Project. "Across the country, trans people and our families are gearing up to fight back and prevent every one of these bills from becoming law. The history of LGBTQ people in the U.S. shows we are hardly strangers to having our health care politicized or our safety threatened by misinformed and misguided politicians. Even in the face of such an unprecedented effort to deny our existence, we are only more determined to build the future we all deserve."

The bills being introduced attack LGBTQ people, particularly trans youth, in seven primary areas:

In 2022, the ACLU tracked a record-breaking 278 bills targeting LGBTQ people, largely focused on transgender youth. Twenty became law, including 17 aimed at restricting the rights of transgender student-athletes.

In recent years, the ACLU has challenged bills across the country restricting access to gender-affirming health care, barring trans people from updating identity documents, and denying transgender students equal access to school facilities and activities, as well as defending inclusive policies from political and legal attacks. In addition, the ACLU has protected families from a statewide effort in Texas to remove transgender youth from their parent's custody and successfully defended bans on books by or about LGBTQ people.

For more on the ACLU's work on LGBTQ rights, click here.

For more on anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in the 2023 state legislative session, click here.

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