On April 5, 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law H.B. 1523, "The Religious Liberty Accommodations Act." More than 75 major national corporations and businesses have spoken out against the horrific measure, that would allow individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians in some of the most important aspects of their lives, including at work, at schools, and in their communities.
On May 1, hundreds of equality advocates joined HRC, NAACP, ACLU of Mississippi, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood and other rights organizations and leaders demanding repeal of H.B. 1523 during a rally on the steps of the State Capitol.
Following Kansas and North Carolina, Mississippi becomes the third state this legislative session to sign into law an explicitly anti-LGBT bill. Learn more about Mississippi's discriminatory bill here.
The existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBT people in the United States leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination. That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is working with lawmakers and advocates to pass the Equality Act in Congress, as well as strong non-discrimination protections at the state and local levels.
If you are a reporter seeking up to the minute information about measures in Mississippi, please email email@example.com and/or subscribe to our daily tipsheet.
Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Mississippi alongside state and local groups and lawmakers.
In an unprecedented effort to bring equality to Mississippi, HRC launched Project One America, a comprehensive campaign to dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Click Here to Voice Your Support or text ONEMISSISSIPPI to 30644 to join us.
Are you a faith leader in Mississippi? Pledge to make your community and congregation a more inclusive space for LGBTQ people by clicking here!
In 2014, HRC undertook the largest survey of its kind to date on the needs, experiences, and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Mississippi.
The results show that LGBT Mississippians are just like their friends and family members—living, working, volunteering, and going to church within their communities. However, LGBT people also face daunting amounts of harassment and discrimination and enjoy no legal protections at either the local or state level.
All God’s Children is a public education and engagement campaign that aims to strengthen the foundation of public support for LGBT Mississippians, aid in the passage of pro-equality legislation, and bolster efforts to win marriage equality for Mississippi’s LGBT couples.