US Antitransgender Bills: Status Report (04.04.2016)

March 2, 2016 in General

Defeated:

*Mississippi:
House Bill 1258: transgender ablutionary discrimination bill.

Oklahoma:
House Bill 3049: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill
Senate Bill 1014: transgender ablutionary discrimination bill
Senate Bill 1323: transgender ablutionary discrimination bill, based on DNA and birth anatomy.

South Dakota:
House Bill 1008: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.

*Virginia:
House Bill 77: would have erased LGBT antidiscrimination cover
House Bill 397: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill
House Bill 431: official document modification ban bill
House Bill 663: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill
House Bill 773: service provider discrimination bill (removed antitrans language)
House Bill 781: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill

*Washington State:
House Bill 2589: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill
House Bill 2782: transgender ablutionary discrimination bill (DNA, ‘birth anatomy’)
House Bill 2935: repeal of transgender child protection regulations
House Bill 2941: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill
Senate Bill 6443: repeal of transgender child protection regulations
Senate Bill 6548: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill

Wisconsin:
Assembly Bill 49: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill

*Wyoming:
Senate Bill 0098: transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill

Total: 19 anti-transgender bills defeated.
All bills defeated: Virginia, Mississippi, Wyoming and Washington state.
Note: Out of those bills, sixteen of those defeated were transgender child ablutionary (changing room and toilet) discrimination bills.

“Inactive” (These have been effectively shelved, given they’ve been significantly pushed down the legislative schedule): 14 Bills

Hawaii: House Bills 2181 and 2532: “religious liberty’/service provider discrimination bills

Indiana: House Bill 1079 and Senate Bill 35: Ablutionary transgender child discrimination bills

South Dakota: House Bills 1107, 1112 and 1209: Service provider discrimination, sports team discrimination and official document transition ban.

Oklahoma: House Bills 1597, 2215 and 3049: Service provider discrimination bill, outing transgender people on marriage licenses and transgender child ablutionary bill.
Senate Bills 440, 1014 and 1323: Service provider discrimination and transgender ablutionary discrimination bills

Wisconsin: Senate Bill 582: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.

Still Under Debate:

Illinois:
House Bill 4474: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.

Kansas:
House Bill 2737: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.
Senate Bill 513: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill

Kentucky:
House Bill 364: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.

Massachusetts:
House Bill 1320: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.

Missouri
House Bills 1624, 1847 and 2303: Senate Bill 720: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.

South Carolina:
House Bill 4761: Sports discrimination and birth gender conformity bill
Senate Bill 0108: Would deny transgender prisoners transition-related care.

Tennessee:

House Bill 2414: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.
House Bill 2600: official document modification ban bill
Senate Bill 2275: official document modification ban bill
Senate Bill 2387: Transgender child ablutionary discrimination bill.

Total: 15 anti-transgender bills still under debate.
Projected failure: Massachusetts
Possible success: Missouri, Kentucky,South Carolina, Tennessee
Uncertain: Illinois, Wisconsin

Prognosis: If this is indeed the case, only ten out of forty one anti-transgender bills will pass if Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee all endorse them- seven eighths will have failed. If both of Illinois and Wisconsin’s proposed anti-transgender bills succeed, that means twelve out of forty-one- almost three quarters will still have failed. Only about one quarter will have succeeded, in other words. So much for opposition to transgender rights becoming the new ‘opposition to marriage equality’ for the US Christian Right, in other words. Some of the failures are truly surprising- one would have expected liberal Washington state to reject this outright, but so did Mississippi and Virginia, traditionally seen as US Southern religious social conservative states.

Note: The National Center for Transgender Equality has warned that Washington state is now about to experience Initiative Measure 1506, an omnibus wish fulfilment fantasy of that state’s defeated anti-transgender legislation. Whether it can attain enough signatures to get onto the Washington state ballot paper remains to be seen.

Update: North Carolina has passed HB2, which effectively enjoins local authorities from adding sexual orientation or gender identity to civic antidiscrimination ordinances.

Source: National Coalition for Transgender Equality: Action Station: http://www.transequality.org/action-center

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