PFLAG National sues Texas Attorney General’s Office following AG’s demand for records on trans youth and more. On February 9, the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, took an outrageous action and demanded that PFLAG National turn over information about our support of families in Texas seeking gender-affirming medical care for their transgender youth. On February 28, we at PFLAG National filed a lawsuit against this demand, to protect our families from this invasive, unconstitutional effort. For more information, please read our press release and our FAQ page regarding this case.

Take Action


  • 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 increase Floridians' insurance premiums, LGBTQ or not. Tell your lawmakers to vote NO on HB1639! 
  • The Preemption of Employment Protections bill threatens existing and future local employment nondiscrimination protections. It would repeal or ban local governments from adopting nondiscrimination policies on "conditions of employment," which already protect 60% of Floridians. This is legislative interference with local control. Tell these lawmakers to vote NO on HB 433!
  • SB 1372 and HB 1291 would prohibit teachings of racism, sexism, oppression, and privilege to teachers participating in the State Board of Education's preparation courses. This builds on existing pro-censorship legislation, while further restricting the ability of teachers to lead 21st century classrooms with honest and accurate teachings and discussions that reckon with our past to create a better future for our students. Tell lawmakers to vote NO on SB 1372 and HB 1291!

South Carolinians:


  • Help our friends at the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) fight back against anti-LGBTQ+ bills. Take action with TEP!

Court Matters

SCOTUS denies appeal to consider whether jurors with anti-LGBTQ+ religious beliefs can be excluded from a case involving a lesbian plaintiff. On February 20th, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal brought by Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey concerning juror exclusion. Jean Finney sued the Missouri Department of Corrections, alleging workplace discrimination after she began a same-sex relationship with his former spouse. During the jury selection process for her lawsuit, three jurors who said they had conservative Christian beliefs, including that being gay or lesbian was sinful, were excluded, prompting the State of Missouri to sue themselves, arguing that the jurors were excluded based on their religion.

South Carolina man becomes first person to be tried and convicted by a jury of federal hate crimes against a trans person. On February 23rd, a federal jury found Daqua Lameek Ritter guilty of a hate crime for the 2019 murder of Dime Doe, a trans woman. The first anti-transgender hate crime prosecuted under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 was in 2017 for the 2015 Mississippi murder of Alabaman Mercedes Williamson, a transgender woman, whose murderer pled guilty and therefore needed no trial.  

Federal Court allows Indiana ban on medically necessary care for trans and non-binary youth to go into effect. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a law, signed last year by Governor Eric Holcolm, to go into effect on February 27th after it had been previously blocked due to a lawsuit.

Federal Matters

Senators reintroduce John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Senators Durbin, Warnock, Schumer, Booker, Blumenthal, and Butler reintroduced the bill on February 29th, which would update the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by restoring a provision requiring states and municipalities with a history of voter discrimination to obtain federal “preclearance” before changing voting laws. PFLAG National and many of our partner organizations have endorsed the bill.

Congress passes short-term spending deal to avoid government shutdown. The House and Senate both passed a stopgap bill on February 29th to avert a partial government shutdown on March 1st. The stopgap measure will extend funding on a short-term basis and set up two deadlines on March 8 and March 22. The bill will now go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

Federal in-vitro fertilization (IVF) protection bill blocked. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) blocked a unanimous consent motion to consider legislation protecting access to IVF introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on February 28th.

President Biden issues Women’s History Month proclamation. On February 29th, the President issued a proclamation marking March as Women’s History Month. The President highlighted several initiatives the Administration had taken to support women, including expanding access to childcare and combating gender-based violence.

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.

Alabama - New “Don’t say gay/trans” bill introduced in State House. Rep. Mack Butler filed a bill to extend the current prohibition on classroom discussion or instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity all the way through 12th grade. 

State Supreme Court rules frozen embryos are children. On February 16th, the Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are legal children, allowing patients of fertility clinics to sue those clinics for wrongful death if embryos are destroyed. While the ruling does not ban in-vitro fertilization (IVF), the defendants in the case, including a fertility clinic, argued that creating wrongful death liability for frozen embryos would substantially increase the cost of IVF treatment and make preserving embryos “onerous.”

Arizona - Effort to put anti-trans school policies on the ballot fails. Senate Concurrent Resolution 1013 would have put to voters whether schools should ban trans students from using bathrooms matching their gender identity and forcibly out students to their parents. Had the bill passed through the legislature, it would not have needed Gov. Katie Hobbs’ approval before being placed on the November ballot, however, the bill failed on the Senate floor on February 26th. 

Colorado - State House advances two transgender rights bills. One of the measures advanced in an initial vote on February 23rd would make it easier for transgender people with felony records to legally change their names to conform with their gender. The other would require K-12 schools to have written policies for using a student’s chosen name and pronouns. 

Florida - Hundreds activists march through state capital to protest anti-LGBTQ+ bills. The “Let Us Live March” took place on February 28th as lawmakers in the Florida House considered HB 1639, which would require transgender people to have their sex assigned at birth listed on their driver’s licenses and ID cards, as well as requiring health insurance plans to cover conversion therapy and detransition procedures.

Georgia - Legislators consider school bathroom ban bill. Rep. Josh Bonner’s bill, HB936, is being considered by the House Education Policy Subcommittee. Should it become law, schools in the state would have to adopt policies designating bathrooms and other sex-segregated spaces by sex assigned at birth. 

Kentucky - State House advances broad religious freedom bill. HB47 advanced out of committee on February 21st, despite warnings from LGBTQ+ rights groups that the bill would undermine local-level anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people. 

Maryland - Bill introduced to protect medically necessary care for trans and non-binary youth. SB119 would shield health care providers in Maryland from liability if they help out-of-state trans and non-binary patients receive healthcare. 

New York - Nassau County announces trans athlete ban. Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman announced an executive order on February 22nd which bans trans athletes from competing on teams aligning with their gender identity in county-run facilities. This runs counter to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's policies, which give student athletes "the opportunity to participate ... in a manner consistent with their gender identity and the New York State Commissioner of Education's Regulations." 

Ohio - Local activists, including PFLAG chapters, offer support following passage of anti-trans healthcare ban. Groups including PFLAG Dayton and the Greater Dayton LGBTQ Center have been providing support and information to families with transgender kids about what to do next, following passage of HB68. 

Oklahoma - Students stage walkout to protest bullying and death of Nex Benedict. At least 40 Owasso High School students walked out on February 26th to protest anti-LGBTQ+ bullying at the school, which allegedly led to Nex Benedict’s death on February 8th.  

Texas - Keller high school cancels production of “The Laramie Project.” Timber Creek High School in Keller announced the play’s cancellation on February 23rd without stating a reason for the cancellation. Community members launched a petition to reinstate the production, collecting at least 1,300 signatures. The play revolves around the murder of Matthew Shepard and the community’s reaction to the crime. 

Virginia - Lieutenant Governor Sears apologizes after misgendering State Senator Roem. Senator Roem, who is an openly trans woman, asked the Lieutenant Governor a question about an upcoming vote. In her response, Lieutenant Governor Sears addressed Roem as “sir.” Sears later apologized to the chamber for the incident. 

ACLU sues state Department of Education over anti-trans policies. Model policies for Virginia school districts crafted by Governor Glenn Youngkin include forcibly outing trans students to their parents and ban trans students from sports teams and school facilities that align with their gender identity.

West Virginia - House of Delegates passes ban on medically necessary care for trans and non-binary youth. Last year, the legislature passed a healthcare ban that allowed youth to continue care with parental consent and a diagnosis of “severe gender dysphoria” from two medical professionals. The new proposal would ban prescribing hormones to trans and non-binary youth at levels that would aid in their medical transition.

Global Matters

Belarus - Government drafts law banning “LGBTQ+ propaganda.”  Prosecutor General Andrei Shved gave a speech to lawmakers announcing a bill criminalizing promoting "abnormal relationships, pedophilia, and the voluntary refusal to have children.” 

Czechia - Parliament rejects same-sex marriage bill. The lower house of Czech parliament voted down a marriage equality bill on February 28th, instead passing a bill to expand civil partnership benefits and allow same-sex couples in a registered partnership to adopt each other’s biological children.

Ghana - Parliament passes anti-LGBTQ+ bill. The bill, which passed parliament on February 28th, criminalizes members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as its supporters, including promotion and funding of activities related to the LGBTQ+ community and public displays of affection between people of the same sex.

India - Government announces “equal opportunity” policy for transgender people. The new policy seeks to ensure trans employees’ rights to be addressed with their chosen name and pronouns. Every business, non-governmental organization, and other employers in India will be required address the trans individual with the chosen names in all workplace communications.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Top court rejects challenge to colonial-era anti-LGBTQ+ laws. On February 16th, the nation’s highest court dismissed a suit challenging a law banning same-sex relations, leaving St. Vincent and the Grenadines one of six Caribbean countries where same-sex sexual activity can be punished with jail time.

Media Matters


Nick Offerman wins award for portrayal of gay character on “The Last of Us.” In his acceptance speech for his Independent Spirit Award, Offerman said as long as people ask why telling LGBTQ+ stories is necessary, telling those stories is critical.


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