We continue fight back against extremist anti-LGBTQ+ policies in every state, including Florida. We know that these individual laws are not isolated or random attacks but are part of a coordinated national assault on our lives. Working with our partners at Equality Florida as well as dozens of local and national Jewish community organizations, we educate, advocate, and mobilize Jewish community to take action.

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2024 Bills to Watch

Equality Florida Legislative Slate Tracker

HB 1291/SB 1372 (-)

The “Stop WOKE Teacher Training” bill would extend the so-called Stop WOKE prohibitions on the teachings of racism, sexism, oppression, and privilege to teachers participating in the State Board of Education’s preparation courses. This builds on existing harms created by DeSantis’ extreme censorship agenda, 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. Sponsor is Sen. Ingoglia.

HB 159/SB 1320 (+)

There have been tremendous advances in fighting HIV and AIDS, and the PrEP & PEP Access bill facilitates access to medications that are critical to preventing HIV transmission. The legislation recognizes scientific advances and allows people to take personal responsibility for their health, thereby improving public health and moving Florida toward ending the HIV epidemic. Sponsors are Rep. Franklin and Sen. Calatayud.

Pro-LGBTQ+ Laws

  • Protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system
  • State issues new birth certificate and does not require sex reassignment surgery nor court order in order to change gender marker
  • State law does not require publication of name change announcement
    • However, there are additional restrictions and/or requirements for individuals with a criminal record
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ state employees
  • Hate crime law covering sexual orientation only
  • Statewide data collection includes LGBTQ+ adults and youth

Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws

  • The law prohibits changing gender markers on driver’s licenses
  • State bans transgender people from using bathrooms or facilities consistent with their gender identity
  • No recognition for parents using assisted reproduction
  • State law requires parental notification of LGBTQ+inclusive curricula and allows parents to opt children out
  • State law bans on best practice medical care for transgender youth
  • No private health insurance nondiscrimination laws
  • No ban on health insurance providers excluding coverage for transgender-specific care
  • No transgender inclusive health benefits for state employees
  • State law includes restrictions on drag performances
  • No adoption or foster care nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents
  • No second-parent adoption for unmarried couples
  • State family leave policies do not include inclusive definitions of spouse/partner/parent/child
  • Hate crime law does not cover gender identity
  • Broad religious exemption law which weaponizes religion as justification for LGBTQ+ discrimination
  • No nondiscrimination or anti-bullying laws/policies covering LGBTQ+ students
  • State curriculum not required to be LGBTQ+ inclusive
  • State law censors discussions of LGBTQ+ people or issues in school (i.e., “Don’t Say Gay or Trans”)
  • No nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in credit/lending
  • No conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned
  • State law prevents transgender students from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity
  • State criminalizes transmission of HIV
  • State law prevents transgender students from using school facilities consistent with their gender
  • State law bans schools and districts from passing LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination and/or anti-bullying policies
  • No gender-neutral options on driver’s license or birth certificate