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  • SB 1780 & HB 757 are “Defamation Censorship” bills – they make it easier to sue the media or members of the public over criticism of public officials and others, specifically undermining efforts to expose sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia. Tell your lawmakers to vote NO on SB 1780 & HB 757!
  • SB 1120 would restrict free speech by banning Pride flags from public buildings. Tell your state senator to vote NO!
  • The “Trans Erasure bill” (HB 1639) is a sweeping new assault on the rights and dignity of transgender Floridians that seeks to further disenfranchise the community, create new barriers to accessing lifesaving care, and increases Floridians' insurance premiums, LGBTQ or not. Tell your lawmakers to vote NO on HB1639! 
  • Watch Equality Florida's emergency town hall on driver's licenses and IDs from last night (February 1st). The DeSantis Administration has put out a memo claiming to rescind a policy allowing transgender Floridians to update the gender marker on their driver’s licenses or IDs. The emergency virtual town hall provides the latest updates and information on this cruel new action from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.



Court Matters

Biden administration joins Tennessee and Kentucky families asking Supreme Court to affirm healthcare rights. The Administration argues that laws in Kentucky and Tennessee banning medically-necessary care for trans and non-binary youth violate the Constitution's equal protection clause as well as the due process clause.

Federal Matters

FBI releases report showing schools are the third most prevalent location for hate crimes. The FBI’s annual crime report showed that schools accounted for 10% of all hate crime reports, behind homes and public roads. The report also showed a rise in anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes. 

Congressional Equality Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) demands answers from the Fellowship Foundation regarding their involvement with Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Acts. The letter, released on January 30th, asks Fellowship Foundation President, Katherine Crane, to respond to questions regarding the foundation’s communications with Ugandan officials regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Acts, the foundation’s support for the law, and what financial support the foundation has given towards advocacy in favor of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Uganda and in other countries.

State Matters

Self-care note: While some of the following stories celebrate and affirm LGBTQ+ people, many cover legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans and nonbinary youth. Please be kind to yourself and use your discretion while reading this section. 

Advisory: State news is representative but not exhaustive due to space constraints; feel free to forward news about your state to advocacy@pflag.org to consider for inclusion.

Florida - State to no longer allow gender marker changes on driver’s licenses. Robert Kynoch, deputy executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, wrote in a memo to the department’s executive director on January 26th that the department would rescind a provision on “gender requirements” in the Driver License Operations Manual that allowed Floridians to change the gender marker on their licenses. State Representative Anna Askamani described the policy changes as “another gross example of how every state agency has been weaponized to attack trans people.”

Iowa - Bill to remove anti-discrimination protections for gender identity from state law fails. The attempt to strip trans and non-binary Iowans of their civil rights protections failed to clear a judiciary subcommittee, where it failed on a 3-0 vote on January 31st. 

Ohio - More than 100 families plan to leave state following passage of HB68. HB68 goes into effect in April and will ban medically-necessary care for trans and non-binary youth as well as banning trans athletes from women and girls’ sports teams. According to  TransOhio’s secretary, Dara Adkison, many families are trying to move out of the state. 

Pennsylvania -  State Supreme Court ruling allows revisit of abortion coverage in MedicaidOn January 29th, the Court ruled in a 219-page opinion that a lower court must hear a challenge to the constitutionality of a long-standing state law limiting abortion care in Medicaid. 

Tennessee - Anti-abortion protesters convicted of federal crimes for blocking entrance to Mt. Juliet clinic. Six protesters have been convicted of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act as well as conspiracy charges stemming from a March 2021 protest which saw demonstrators blockade the Carafem Health Center Clinic. 

Openly trans person speaks on statehouse floor for the first time. Church of Christ chaplain Dahron Johnson gave the opening prayer to the Tennessee House of Representatives on January 29th after being invited by Rep. Aftyn Behn (D-Nashville). According to the Tennessee Equality Project, Johnson is the first openly trans person to speak on the statehouse floor.

Texas - Supreme Court hears legal challenge to healthcare ban. On January 30th, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning SB14, which bans medically-necessary care for trans and non-binary youth. The law has been in effect since September, when the Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s injunction blocking the law. Read PFLAG National CEO Brian Bond’s full statement on the court case here

Attorney General Paxton requests medical records of trans youth from Georgia telehealth clinic. QueerMed confirmed on January 26th that they received the request, marking the second time Paxton has made such a request. Karen Loewy, a lawyer with Lambda Legal representing organizations and Texas families of transgender youth trying to block SB 14 in court, said there is “zero authorization” in the law for Paxton’s records requests to clinics outside of Texas.

Utah - Governor Cox signs bathroom ban bill into law. The governor signed the bill into law on January 30th. The bill requires people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools and government-owned buildings that match their sex assigned at birth, as well as requiring new government buildings to include single-occupant bathrooms.

Washington - Community raises concerns over inspections at Seattle gay bars. On January 26th and 27th, the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board (LCB) conducted inspections of several gays bars in Seattle during which officers claim they found evidence of “lewd conduct.” A coalition of hay bar owners and LGBTQ+ activists raised serious concerns about the inspections during an LCB meeting on January 31st, where some claimed that the LCB actions constituted “raids.”

Global Matters

Canada - Alberta Premier announces slate of anti-trans policies. Premier Danielle Smith announced on January 31st that the province would ban all gender-affirming care for youth 15 and under, ban gender-affirming surgery for all youth 17 and under, require parental consent to use a student’s preferred names and pronouns if they are 15 and under, and ban trans youth from participating in girls sports.


The Congressional Equality Caucus is now on Threads! You can find them at @equalitycaucus and you can find the first thread here.

Media Matters


Broadway legend Chita Rivera dies at 91. Rivera originated the role of Anita in “West Side Story,” and was also known for roles in “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Chicago,” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” President Biden released a statement about Rivera’s passing on January 31st, saying “Chita’s work was more than entertainment – it reflects part of who we are as Americans and as human beings, and it has helped shape how we see each other and our world.”

Lia Thomas to challenge World Aquatics’ transgender policy. Thomas aims to overturn the swimming governing body’s rules, issued in June 2022, that prohibit trans women from competing in women’s swimming events unless they transitioned before age 12. 

Amber Glenn becomes first openly LGBTQ+ U.S. women’s figure skating gold medalist. Glenn, who is openly bisexual and pansexual, won the U.S. women’s figure skating championship on January 26th. 

Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin to receive Gershwin Prize. The Library of Congress announced on January 30th that Sir Elton and Taupin would receive the 2024 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, “the nation’s highest award for influence, impact and achievement in popular music,” according to the Library's statement. 


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