Background LGBTQ Rights

A Bit of Background: LGBTQ Rights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights in the United States vary on a jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction basis. Since 2003, sexual activity between consenting adults has been legal nationwide. As of 2015, all states license and recognize marriage between same-sex couples on account of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. However, the United States still lacks a federal law outlawing discrimination nationwide, leaving many states without any protections from discrimination, other than from federal executive orders, which are more limited in scope.

Transgender and gender-nonconforming people are squarely in the crosshairs of current anti-LGBTQ laws and policies. Trans people are being systematically targeted across the country as part of a nationally coordinated effort led by a coalition of Christian Right powerhouses – organizations that have been plotting this campaign since long before even the concept of a “post-marriage equality moment” existed. This space will be covering the changing status of LGBTQ rights under the Trump administration and all actions actively working to limit LGBTQ equality.