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Politicians in dozens of states are creating state-level policies that deny LGBTQ+ people, especially trans youth, the basic dignities of life. These laws allow for anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in the name of religion, prohibit trans youth from playing sports or using bathrooms, deny supportive and medically sound healthcare, silence teachers and schools from even discussing LGBTQ+ people, and threaten to rip apart families that support their children. 

Jewish families and LGBTQ+ people in states with these harmful policies are living in fear for their safety and could potentially lose life-saving healthcare and support. We must show up in this critical moment to fight against policies that harm all of us.

Keshet focuses our state-based work in Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida because these states have large Jewish populations and regressive LGBTQ+ policies. Don’t see your state here? We would still love to work with you and your community! To get involved with Keshet’s work at the state level, fill out this quick form.

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Texas

Keshet is working with secular LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ equality in Texas. Along with local synagogues, we are working with Equality Texas to mobilize Jewish communities for LGBTQ+ rights. To get involved in Texas, sign up here.

Pro-LGBTQ+ laws

  • Nondiscrimination protections in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • State is unclear regarding surgical/clinical requirements and/or may require a court 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
  • Hate crime law covering sexual orientation only

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws

  • There are no protections against discrimination in housing, credit/lending, jury service, or public accommodations for LGBTQ+ people
  • Hate crime law does not cover gender identity
  • State family leave policies do not include inclusive definitions of spouse/partner/parent/child
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned
  • Gov. Abbott has attempted to institute a ban on gender-affirming medical care, though no law has officially been enacted state agencies have been directed to follow this order
  • No adoption or foster care nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents
    • State explicitly permits state-licensed child welfare agencies to refuse to place and provide services to children and families, including LGBTQ+ people and same-sex couples, if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs
  • No second-parent adoption for unmarried couples
  • No nondiscrimination or anti-bullying laws covering LGBTQ+ students
  • No conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • State law prevents transgender students from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity
  • Broad religious exemption law which weaponizes religion as justification for LGBTQ+ discrimination
  • No gender neutral options on driver’s license or birth certificates
  • State law censors discussions of LGBTQ+ people or issues in school (i.e., “Don’t Say Gay or Trans”)
  • 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

Florida

Keshet is working with secular LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ equality in Florida. Along with local synagogues, we are working with Equality Florida to mobilize Jewish communities for LGBTQ+ rights. To get involved in Florida, sign up here.

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

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws

  • 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

Arizona

Keshet is working with secular LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ equality in Arizona. Along with local synagogues, we are working with Arizona Jews for Justice and Equality Arizona to mobilize Jewish communities for LGBTQ+ rights. To get involved in Arizona, sign up here.

Pro-LGBTQ+ laws

  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ foster parents based on sexual orientation only
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ state employees
    • However, state explicitly excludes transition-related healthcare in their state employee health benefits
  • Protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system
  • Hate crime law covering sexual orientation only

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws

  • No second-parent adoption for unmarried couples
  • No adoption nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents
    • State permits state-licensed child welfare agencies to refuse to place and provide services to children and families, including LGBTQ people and same-sex couples, if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs
  • No gender identity nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ foster parents
  • State family leave policies do not include inclusive definitions of spouse/partner/parent/child
  • Ban on gender-affirming surgery for LGBTQ+ youth effective March 2023
  • No nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in credit/lending
  • Broad religious exemption law which weaponizes religion as justification for LGBTQ+ discrimination
  • Hate crime law does not cover gender identity
  • No nondiscrimination or anti-bullying laws/policies covering LGBTQ+ students
  • State curriculum not required to be LGBTQ+-inclusive
  • State law requires parental notification of LGBTQ+-Inclusive curriculum and allows parents to opt children out
  • No conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned
  • State requires proof of sex reassignment surgery in order to change gender marker
  • No gender neutral options on driver’s license or birth certificates

North Carolina

Keshet is working with secular LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ equality in North Carolina. Along with local synagogues, we are working with Carolina Jews for Justice and Equality North Carolina to mobilize Jewish communities for LGBTQ+ rights. To get involved in North Carolina, sign up here.

Pro-LGBTQ+ laws

  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents in adoption and foster care
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in employment and public accommodations
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ state employees
    • However, state explicitly excludes transition-related healthcare in their state employee health benefits
  • Anti-bullying law protecting LGBTQ+ students
  • Conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • Protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system
  • State allows for changing of gender marker on driver’s licenses

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws

  • No second-parent adoption for unmarried couples
  • State family leave policies do not include inclusive definitions of spouse/partner/parent/child
  • No nondiscrimination protections for LBGTQ+ people in housing, jury service, or credit/lending
  • State has targeted religious exemption law that permits state and local officials to decline to marry couples of whose marriage they disapprove
  • No nondiscrimination law protecting LBGTQ+ students
  • State curriculum not required to be LGBTQ+-inclusive
  • No hate crimes law protecting LGBTQ+ people
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned
  • State criminalizes transmission of HIV
  • State requires proof of sex reassignment surgery in order to change gender marker
  • State does not allow for changing of gender marker on birth certificates
  • State law requires publication of name change announcement
  • No gender neutral options on driver’s license or birth certificates

Pennsylvania

Keshet is working with secular LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ equality in Pennsylvania. Along with local synagogues, we are working with HRC and The Trevor Project to mobilize Jewish communities for LGBTQ+ rights. To get involved in Pennsylvania, sign up here.

Pro-LGBTQ+ laws

  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ state employees
  • Nondiscrimination law protecting LGBTQ+ students
  • Conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • Gender-neutral option on driver’s licenses

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws

  • No adoption or foster care nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents
  • No nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in credit/lending or jury service
  • Broad religious exemption law which weaponizes religion as justification for LGBTQ+ discrimination
  • No anti-bullying law protecting LGBTQ+ students
  • State curriculum not required to be LGBTQ+ inclusive
  • No nondiscrimination protections for LBGTQ+ youth in the child welfare system
  • No hate crimes law protecting LGBTQ+ people
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned
  • State criminalizes transmission of HIV
  • No gender-neutral option on birth certificates
  • No hate crimes law protecting LGBTQ+ people
  • Gay/trans panic defense is not banned

Ohio

Keshet is working with secular LGBTQ+ rights organizations and Jewish organizations to fight for LGBTQ+ equality in Ohio. Along with local synagogues, we are working with Equality Ohio to mobilize Jewish communities for LGBTQ+ rights. To get involved in Ohio, sign up here.

Pro-LGBTQ+ laws

  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ parents in adoption and foster care
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in employment, housing, credit/lending, and public accommodations
  • Nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ state employees
    • However, state law explicitly excludes transition-related healthcare in their state employee health benefits
  • Protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system
  • Gender-neutral option on birth certificates

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws

  • No second-parent adoption for unmarried couples
  • State has targeted religious exemption that permits medical professionals to decline to serve LGBTQ+ clients
  • No nondiscrimination or anti-bullying laws covering LGBTQ+ students
  • State curriculum not required to be LGBTQ+ inclusive
  • No conversion therapy ban covering LGBTQ+ youth
  • No nondiscrimination protections for LBGTQ+ people in jury service
  • State criminalizes transmission of HIV
  • No gender-neutral option on driver’s licenses

 

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