California - San Francisco launches guaranteed income program for trans residents. The Guaranteed Income for Transgender People (GIFT) program will provide 55 residents with $1,200 a month for 18 months, including healthcare and financial coaching. The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey found that 33% of trans Californians lived in poverty, nearly triple the state’s overall poverty rate of 12%.
Connecticut - Equality Connecticut to launch this year. Matt Blinstrubas will lead the new group, which will join 43 other state pride organizations as part of Equality Federation.
Florida - LGBTQ+ parents in Florida say they are considering leaving the state. More than half of LGBTQ+ parents in Florida are considering moving their families to another state over concerns that a new Florida education law, The “Don’t Say Gay” bill – stigmatizes LGBTQ+ identities and creates a hostile learning environment for LGBTQ+ children or students with LGBTQ family members.
Iowa - Lawmakers introduce LGBTQ+ panic defense ban bill. A similar bill passed the State House unanimously in 2021 but was never considered in the State Senate.
Ohio - Hilliard City Schools asks for dismissal of lawsuit against the district. Eight parents are suing the school district over their view that teachers are improperly handling LGBTQ+ issues in the classroom. The school district’s attorneys argue that the suit “consists of thread-bare assertions, innuendo, rumor, and spurious legal conclusions."
Utah - State Senate approves two bills targeting trans youth. SB16 would ban gender affirming care for trans youth under 18, while SB93 would ban changing birth certificates to reflect a minor’s gender identity. Both bills passed the Senate on January 19th on a mostly party-line vote.
Virginia - Bill introduced to force school staff to out trans students. The bill would require any school employee who is directly told that a student is trans must contact at least one of the student's parents to ask if they are aware of their child’s gender identity and ask whether the parents wish to seek counseling for the student.
Wyoming - “Don’t Say Gay/Trans” bill advances to Senate floor. Senate File 117 advanced out of committee on January 20th and will be considered on the Senate floor. The bill is very similar to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill passed in Florida last year, and would ban discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in class through third grade.