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Monday, 23 April 2018 23:05

118 anti-LGBT bills were defeated

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I have a great news for you. This year, all attempts to block or restrict our LGBT rights in the US states have been defeated.

At the beginning of the year, there were about 120 anti-LGBT bills. None has been adopted. At present, only two are still debated whil the Trump administration is doing everything it can to reduce our rights at the federal level, and in particular trans rights. The infection won't have spread across the United States.

"A key factor in the shift: In the Republican-led states where these types of bills surface, moderate GOP lawmakers and business leaders are increasingly wary of losing conventions, sporting events and corporate headquarters," David Carey of the AP reports. "North Carolina, Indiana and Arizona were among the states that faced similar backlash in recent years over such legislation."

Indeed, following the adoption of a measure to prevent transgender people from accessing public toilets by following their gender identity, an absolutely incredible opposition of companies, artists, sports delegations had developed in North Carolina. They had refused to organize their concerts, their events, and the companies didn't want to set up in the state losing many job opportunities. All of this has had significant economic repercussions.

And that played an important role in other states.

I would thank the mobilization of LGBT activists who haven't give up and who have prompted many American states to renounce to religious freedom laws, for example, which would have legalized discrimination against LGBT people.

Two years ago, anxiety began to develop everywhere in the United States, but I told you after the election of Trump, the activists are still there.

We must also thank some decisions in favor of equality. In 2014, the governor of Arizona vetoed a bill that would have allowed companies to refuse to serve LGBT customers by affirming their religious beliefs.

This year, through HRC's reports on what is happening in the states and in the companies, we have found that even if the government does everything to reduce our rights, politicians and companies don't share the same opinion in equality.

"Being anti-equality is not considered good politics anymore," said legislative specialist Cathryn Oakley of the Human Rights Campaign.

But there are still battles, especially at the federal level. Later this year, the US Supreme Court will make a decision on the possibility for public companies to refuse to serve LGBT people based on their religious beliefs even in states that protect against discrimination. We will follow this carefully.

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