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Ask your US Representative to cosponsor the Transgender Bill of Rights Resolution

The Transgender Bill of Rights resolution will be introduced next week by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), who is Co-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus’s Transgender Equality Task Force. Encourage your representative to be an original cosponsor of this resolution, and make a positive statement ahead of Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) on March 31st.

Call your U.S. Representative today to ask them to be an original cosponsor of Representative Pramila Jayapal’s Transgender Bill of Rights before March 28th.

Court Matters

West Texas A&M University LGBTQ+ student group files federal lawsuit after president cancels campus drag show. The suit against university president Walter Wendler, filed by a University LGBTQ+ student group and its two leaders, alleges that he violated the First Amendment when he canceled a campus-sponsored drag show claiming, without evidence, that drag shows “discriminate against womanhood.” Week-long protests seek reinstatement of the drag show and removal of Pres. Wendler.

President Biden announces new judicial nominees. The President nominated six new federal judges for federal district courts and the D.C. Superior Court, bringing the total number of federal judicial nominees during his presidency to 161. Biden also named two U.S. Attorney nominees for a total of 70 nominations.

Federal Matters

HR 5, the so-called Parents Bill of Rights passes House (213-208). On March 24th, The House passed a bill that seeks to harm public education, privacy and the bonds between parents and teachers. PFLAG National opposes this bill and will still oppose it if it arises in the Senate.

President Biden hosts Irish Taoiseach and his partner at the White House for St. Patrick’s Day. President Biden welcomed the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, and his partner, Matthew Barret, for the Shamrock Bowl Presentation on March 17th.

State Matters

Warning: While some of the following stories describe legislative actions to celebrate and affirm LGBTQ+ people, many cover legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans and non-binary youth. Please be kind to yourself and use your discretion while reading this section. 

Alabama - Retired lawmaker to start state LGBTQ+ advocacy organization. Former State Representative Patricia Todd, the first out gay lawmaker in state history, created Alabama Equality, a group that will conduct advocacy training with a focus on “empowering young leaders” in the state.

Alaska - State considers bill to ban discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. In a public hearing, 38 of 40 testifiers spoke in support of the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Jennie Armstrong, to fill the gap in protections created by the state Attorney General removing anti-discrimination rules covering LGBTQ+ people. 

Arkansas - Governor Sanders signs anti-trans student bathroom ban. She signed the ban into law on March 21st, making Arkansas the 4th state in the country to prevent trans people from using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity in K-12 public schools.

California - Legislation introduced to safeguard LGBTQ+ foster youth. State Senator Scott Wiener introduced SB 4017 on March 17th. The bill would require the Department of Social Services to ensure that LGBTQ+ foster children are placed in LGBTQ+ affirming homes.

Florida - LGBTQ+ groups will file suit against state ban on gender-affirming care. The Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Southern Legal Counsel, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders have announced that they will challenge Florida’s law criminalizing gender-affirming care for minors in court. 

Author of “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida faces fraud charges. On March 21st, former lawmaker Joseph Harding pleaded guilty in federal court in the Northern District of Florida to one count of money laundering, one count of making false statements, and one count of wire fraud. 

Georgia - Gov. Brian Kemp signs gender-affirming care ban for youth into law, effective July 1st. The law, SB 140, bans licensed medical professionals from providing gender-affirming care related to gender transition including hormone replacement therapy and surgery for people under the age of 18; a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is not among the few medical conditions that are exempted. Minors who started or will start receiving hormone replacement therapy prior to July 1st of this year can continue getting treatment.

Idaho - Bill to ban gender-affirming care heads to State Senate. The bill, HB 71, sponsored by Senator Lori Den Hartog, would make it illegal for doctors to provide life-saving treatments ranging from hormone therapy to gender-affirming surgery to minors. 

Iowa - Gov. Kim Reynolds signs gender-affirming care ban, anti-trans bathroom ban, into law. Despite meeting with a group of trans youth about their concerns with both bills, Governor Reynolds signed them into law on March 23rd. The gender-affirming care ban will require doctors to halt live-saving care for trans youth in six months, while the bathroom ban bars trans students from using the bathroom associated with their gender identity.

Kentucky - Kentucky poised to adopt gender-affirming care ban. In addition to preventing doctors from providing new patients with life-saving gender-affirming care, Senate Bill 150 also mandates forcibly de-transitioning patients currently receiving this care. Governor Andy Beshear has indicated he will veto the legislation, but the bill’s supporters most likely have the votes to overturn his veto.

Michigan - Michigan adopts LGBTQ+ discrimination protections. The bill was signed into law on March 13th by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, codifying a recent state Supreme Court ruling that expanded anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations to LGBTQ+ people. The law also includes new anti-discrimination protections for gender identity and expression.

Missouri - Attorney General announces "emergency" gender-affirming care ban. Attorney General Andrew Bailey’s office issued an emergency regulation that classifies gender-affirming care as “experimental treatment” and therefore illegal for minors under state law. Once promulgated, Attorney General Bailey’s emergency regulation will not be permanent; rather it will last 30 legislative days or 180 days, whichever is longer.

Minnesota - Free program matches queer youth with mentors. A group called the QUEERSPACE collective lets LGBTQ+ youth in the Twin Cities area pair with LGBTQ+ adult mentors as a way to improve the mental health of young LGBTQ+ people. 

Pennsylvania - Advocates found state equality organization. Queer leaders in Pennsylvania are forming a group called Keystone Equality which will help create and facilitate statewide LGBTQ+ initiatives, with a focus on community building.

Families of LGBTQ+ crime victims seek justice and closure. Parents, siblings and other family members of LGBTQ+ murder victims gathered in Philadelphia to ask for justice and public assistance in solving the murders of their LGBTQ+ loved ones.

Tennessee - State rejects federal HIV prevention funds rather than affirm LGBTQ+ people’s rights. Governor Bill Lee refused over $8 million in HIV prevention funds from the CDC. Advocates are working diligently with the CDC to make an alternative funding stream.

Texas - Austin to host World LGBTIQ+ Conference for Criminal Justice Professionals in August 2025. The conference, which has been held three times before, will be a collaboration between the Austin Police Department and the Lesbian and Gay Peace Officers Association. This will be the first time the conference will be held in the United States.

Utah - Gov. Spencer Cox signs conversion therapy ban for minors into law on March 23rd. The law prohibits licensed professionals from subjecting LGBTQ+ minors from the discredited practice of attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Wisconsin - Legislature votes to allow so-called conversion therapy to continue in the state. The State Assembly voted on March 14th to continue suspending a conversion therapy ban passed by the state’s Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board in December. The suspension of the rule will continue until the end of the current legislative session in 2024. 

Wyoming - State judge blocks enforcement of abortion ban. Teton County District Court Judge Melissa Owens reasoned that the ban, which prohibits abortion at all stages of pregnancy except in cases of rape or incest that’s reported to police, or to save a woman’s life, violates the a state constitutional provision stating that adults have a right to make their own healthcare decisions.

Global Matters

Argentina - Pope Francis condemns “gender ideology” as “dangerous.” In an interview with Argentine newspaper La Nacíon published on March 10th, the Pope said that “gender ideology is one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations” in the world today because “it blurs differences and the value of men and women.”

Bosnia - Activists assaulted following ban on LGBTQ+ event. Police in Banja Luka banned an LGBTQ+ event planned there on March 19th, citing security concerns. On March 18th, several activists held a meeting instead, after which several were assaulted by men who chased them through the streets. 

Canada - Petition circulates to grant asylum to trans and nonbinary people. Cait Glasson, an activist from Ontario, launched the petition to the House of Commons, seeking to obtain asylum for trans and nonbinary people as many countries, including many states in the US, consider anti-trans legislation. 

Ghana - Parliament considers anti-LGBTQ+ “Family Values” bill. The measure would criminalize public affection between two people of the same sex, same-sex marriage, campaigning in support of LGBTQ+ and intersex people, and more, imposing harsh prison sentences for some offenses.

Italy - Leader of the Opposition criticizes Government move to limit parental rights for same-sex couples. Elly Schlein, head of Italy’s Democratic Party, joined a protest of the Interior Ministry’s actions barring the city of Milan from giving parental rights to a non-biological parent in a same-sex couple.

Israel - Report shows fivefold increase in anti-LGBTQ+ public incidents. The Association for LGBTQ+ Equality in Israel found that there was a large spike in anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination around the last election in November 2022. 

Uganda - Parliament passes sweeping anti-LGBTQ+ law. The new law, passed on March 21st, outlaws “promoting and abetting homosexuality” as well as “conspiracy to engage in homosexuality,” in addition to levying extremely harsh sentences for same-sex relations, which was already banned. Police will have broad powers under the new law to target LGBTQ+ Ugandans, who already face discrimination and violence.

United Nations - Security Council holds meeting on LGBTQI+ rights. US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, chaired the meeting and announced steps the US will take to integrate LGBTQI+ concerns into the Security Council’s work.

Media Matters


Jonathan Van Ness speaks at Equality Texas lobby day event. The “Queer Eye” star joined hundreds of volunteers, including PFLAGers, in urging the State Legislature to reject anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.


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