2018 State Equality Index

2018 State Equality Index

In 2018, two hundred and ten state bills to advance LGBTQ equality were introduced and twenty-one were passed, while a hundred and ten discriminatory state bills were introduced and two were passed, a report from Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Equality Federation Institute finds. Now in its fifth year, the 2018 State Equality Index (HTML or PDF, 152 pages) examines state laws and policies in six areas — hate crimes and criminal justice, health and safety, non-discrimination, parenting, religious refusal and relationship recognition, and youth laws — and assesses how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. According to the report, the number of states in the highest-rated category, "Working Toward Innovative Equality," increased from thirteen in 2017 to seventeen (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington), while twenty-eight states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming) were ranked in the lowest-rated category, "High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality."

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