LGBTQ Equality Maps and State Bills Updates: February 2023

MAP's Equality Maps provide a detailed snapshot of the current state of LGBTQ laws and policies in the United States. In this regularly changing landscape, these are the state and local policy updates as of February 2023.

Included in this update:

State Policy Updates

(The links in the policy updates below take you to relevant coverage, the Equality Map for an issue, or the Equality Profile for a state.)

Nondiscrimination protections

Identity document laws and policies


For an outlined history of Montana's policy, see MAP's Citations Sheet on Identity Document Laws and Policies for Birth Certificates under Montana.

Medical care for transgender youth


Conversion "therapy" laws

In Wisconsin, a legislative committee blocked a ban on conversion "therapy" in the state. Background context on this decision is included below:

Local Level Policy Updates

A local nondiscrimination ordinance was passed in:

MAP Policy Research Updates

The Movement Advancement Project recently published two reports covering the unprecedented rise in attacks against LGBTQ+ people and the importance of equity and inclusion in administrative data.

Under Fire: The War on LGBTQ People in America

The first in a new report series from MAP, this policy brief outlines how, despite significant policy advances for LGBTQ equality over the last decade, LGBTQ people are facing an unprecedented firestorm of attacks on all fronts, including:

MAP's comprehensive report connects the dots on the varied ways that LGBTQ people in America are under siege. Read the full report here.

Administrative Data: Providing Information to Advance Autonomy and Drive Equity

MAP proudly joined a collaborative new series entitled "Risks and Rewards of Demographic Data Collection: How Effective Data Privacy Can Promote Health Equity, led by the National Health Law Program in partnership with MAP, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Justice in Aging, and Race Forward.

MAP's brief highlights opportunities for administrative data in the health care context for individuals, health care systems, and broader society, and how data collection systems can be examined to be inclusive as possible.

Read more in our overview blog post and view the full report here.

MAP's LGBTQ Equality Bill Tracker

Beginning with this month's Equality Maps Updates, MAP will offer a brief bill-tracking report on LGBTQ-related bills in state legislatures to highlight trends in across the country.

Note: these counts may differ from other organizations or public counts for a variety of reasons. Our count is greatly facilitated by the leadership and work of other organizations, including the Equality Federation and their member state groups.

As of February 22, 2023:

At least 410 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced across at least 38 states so far in 2023.

This break's last year's record of 315 anti-LGBTQ bills, as reported by HRC and the Equality Federation. This number will likely continue to change; for context, multiple states, including Florida, have not yet begun their legislative session. This is higher than the number of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in all of 2012, 2013, and 2014 combined.

At least 104 bills to ban medical care for transgender people have been introduced across at least 27 states.

At least 58 bills to ban transgender youth participation in sports have been introduced across at least 24 states.

At least 38 bills to ban drag performances have been introduced across at least 16 states.

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