MAP’s Equality Maps provide a detailed snapshot of the current state of LGBTQ laws and policies in the United States. In this regularly changing landscape, these are the state and local policy updates over the last month.
▸▸ State Policy Updates
Bans on medical care for transgender youth
- October 5: In Oklahoma, the state’s ban went into effect, after a court ruled against the families of transgender youth by denying their motion for a preliminary injunction (temporary block) of the ban. LGBTQ advocates are appealing the court’s ruling, and the lawsuit continues.
- October 11: A new lawsuit was filed against North Carolina’s ban on medical care for transgender youth.
- November 1: Advocates in the lawsuit against Tennessee’s ban officially asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The Supreme Court has not yet announced whether it will do so.
Bans on Best Practice Medical Care for Transgender Youth
The policies depicted in this map reflect statewide bans, limitations, or restrictions on access to best practice medical care.
Bans on transgender kids playing school sports
- October 12: In Alaska, new regulations from the state Board of Education were formally filed and approved. This created regulatory ban on transgender girls playing on girls’ teams in high school sports, which goes into effect on November 11.
Bans on Transgender Youth Participation in Sports
The policies shown in this map are blanket bans on transgender people's participation in sports.
Targeting or restricting drag performances
- October 11: The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that blocked Florida’s law targeting drag — keeping the block in place and ruling the law unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
- October 13: A federal court in Montana extended its temporary block on the state’s law explicitly restricting drag. This keeps the block in place as the court case continues.
Restrictions on Drag Performances
Recent, coordinated anti-LGBTQ efforts aim to limit free speech and expression in the form of drag performances.
Bans on transgender people’s use of bathrooms and facilities
- October 27: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked Idaho’s bathroom ban for transgender students in schools.
Bans on Transgender People Using Bathrooms and Facilities According to their Gender Identity
The policies shown in this map prohibit transgender people from using bathrooms and facilities-such as locker rooms, shower rooms, changing room,s and other sex-segregated spaces.