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Anti-LGBTQ Proposals Are Flooding U.S. State Legislatures at a Record Pace

First came bathroom bills, then “Don’t Say Gay.” But state lawmakers may just be getting started.

U.S. Supreme Court Hearing On Federal Employment Protection For LGBT Employees
Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

This year is heating up to be another record-breaking one for anti-LGBTQ legislation in U.S. state legislatures.

In an attempt to fire-up a conservative base ahead of mid-term elections, Republican legislators have proposed at least 325 bills so far, with about 130 targeting transgender rights specifically. That’s already ahead of the 268 introduced last year, a previous record. A total of 27 made it into law in 2021, for the worst year in recent history for anti-LGBTQ legislation, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group. This year, so far seven have become laws.