2016 State Equality Index

2016 State Equality Index

During the 2016 state legislative sessions, more than two hundred bills that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals were introduced, a report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation finds. Issued in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, the report, 2016 State Equality Index (76 pages, PDF), found that while the vast majority of such legislation was defeated — with notable exceptions in Mississippi and North Carolina — in many states, including Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Arkansas, anti-LGBTQ activists were intent on ramping up efforts to propose laws in 2017 that would undermine existing protections, erode the marital rights of legally married same-sex couples, target transgender people, and limit the ability of cities and towns to pass inclusive laws. In addition to an overview of bills proposed and passed related to relationship recognition, parenting, non-discrimination, hate crimes, youth, and health and safety, the report provides state-by-state "report cards" with respect to inclusive laws and policies.