LGBTQ Equality Maps Updates: July 2022

▸▸ State Policy Updates

The links in the policy updates below take you to either the Equality Map for an issue or the Equality Profile for a state.

Religious exemptions

South Carolina enacted a religious exemption law for medical providers, becoming the seventh state with such a law. This allows medical providers (broadly defined, including hospitals and insurers, among others) to refuse to serve LGBTQ people and other people, if they claim that doing so conflicts with the provider’s religious beliefs.

Equality Map: Religious Exemptions Laws

LGBTQ youth


Criminal justice

Identity documents

  • In North Carolina, a Lambda Legal lawsuit helped to overturn the state’s previous surgical requirements for people to update the gender marker on birth certificates. The court ruling also specified a new and improved process for updating birth certificates, though the new process is not yet in effect.

    The two decisions in North Carolina move the state from “low” to “fair” on our overall LGBTQ policy tally.

▸▸ Local Level Policy Updates on LGBTQ Equality

Nondiscrimination ordinances

  • A partial nondiscrimination ordinance was passed in: Cary, North Carolina; the the city joined its county’s (Wake County) ordinance, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and public accommodations, but not housing.
  • The city council of Lincoln, Nebraska, voted to repeal the comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance it passed just this past February, in response to a citizen-initiated repeal effort. A group in Lincoln is now pushing for a citywide ballot measure in the November election, hoping to secure LGBTQ-inclusive protections at the ballot box. Aug. 1 is the deadline to get the required number of signatures.

Conversion “therapy” bans

Bans on conversion “therapy” were passed in:

  • Iowa — Linn County (unincorporated areas only)
  • Ohio — Cleveland Heights and Reynoldsburg

MAP Policy Research Updates

As Pride Month wrapped up, MAP released an issue brief comparing how states rank on our LGBTQ Equality Maps and our Democracy Maps. The issue brief analyzes how voting rights and democracy are essential for LGBTQ equality.

  • States’ scores track fairly closely, with states that do better on LGBTQ laws also generally doing better on election and voting laws.
  • However, among states that score the highest on LGBTQ laws, there is still quite a spread in their election/voting laws.

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