LGBTQ Equality Maps Updates: August 2022

▸▸ State Policy Updates

(Links in the policy updates below take you to the Equality Map for an issue or the Equality Profile for a state.)

Nondiscrimination

The Michigan Supreme Court issued a 5–2 ruling affirming that Michigan’s laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex also apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation. The ruling also agreed with a lower court’s ruling applying the same logic to discrimination based on gender identity.

Healthcare

Georgia: The state of Georgia settled a case brought by the ACLU regarding the state’s refusal to cover gender-affirming surgical care in the state’s Medicaid program. As a result, Georgia’s Medicaid program will now cover gender-affirming surgery. It will also adopt further clinical guidelines for gender-affirming care and for Medicaid coverage more broadly.

Transgender youth sports participation bans

Indiana: The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued a preliminary injunction of — temporarily blocking — Indiana’s ban on transgender youth participating in sports. This allows the 10-year-old transgender girl who is the plaintiff of the case to play on her school’s softball team while the case continues to unfold. Read more here.

State-level conversion “therapy” bans

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals effectively left in place an earlier 2020 ruling that makes conversion “therapy” bans unenforceable in that circuit (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida).

▸▸ Local Level Policy Updates

Nondiscrimination ordinances

  • North Carolina: A partial nondiscrimination ordinance was passed in Garner, North Carolina. It joined its county’s (Wake County) ordinance banning discrimination in employment and public accommodations, but not in housing.

Local-level conversion “therapy” bans

Local-level bans on conversion “therapy” were passed in:

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