Alaska - The state Commission for Human Rights removes most protections for LGBTQ+ Alaskans. Advised by the state AG, the Commission on March 4th deleted its guidelines stating that LGBTQ+ people could not be discriminated against in housing and “public accommodation” and dropped non employment-related LGTBQ+ cases that the commission had been handling.
Colorado - Trans lawmaker fights transphobic comments on State House floor. Third-term State Rep. Brianna Titone (D), the first openly transgender lawmaker in state history, spoke out against what she called dangerous comments by her colleagues that denied the existence of trans people during the chamber’s consideration of a Resolution to ratify the ERA.
Florida - Florida considers trans child removal bill. The Senate-introduced bill would remove children from families supporting their child’s gender-affirming care, currently or prospectively, regardless of whether the child resides in Florida; the bill contains additional criminal charges against parents and medical providers.
Sixteen state Attorneys General criticized Gov. DeSantis for requesting private medical information on trans students. The AGs wrote a letter criticizing Gov. Ron DeSantis for his administration asking public colleges in the state for data on their students undergoing gender-affirming care. The Florida office of Policy and Budget asked all public colleges in the state for information on where gender-affirming surgeries were provided and the number of treatments students received.
Illinois - Historic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot loses chance for reelection. On Feb. 28th, Mayor Lightfoot, the first out gay person and Black woman to be elected mayor, failed to qualify for a runoff election for mayor of Chicago.
Michigan - Michigan Senate passes bill to include SOGIE in state nondiscrimination protections. SB 4 would amend the state's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes. The bill is expected to pass in the House and signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Missouri - State House discusses “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” bill. A House committee is considering a bill that would ban all LGBTQ+ topics from K-12 public schools.
Vermont - Vermont school forfeits tournament, refusing to compete against trans athlete. Mid Vermont Christian School forfeited a girls’ basketball tournament due to their refusal to play against a transgender girl on one of the teams.
West Virginia - Anti-trans bill passes in a Senate committee, advances to another. The West Virginia Senate Health and Human Resources committee on March 5th moved forward legislation that would ban minors from accessing gender-affirming care. The bill, HB 2007, will next be reviewed by the state Senate Judiciary Committee.
Wyoming - Gender-affirming care remains legal. Despite two bills trying to halt it, both failed to advance in votes on March 3rd.