Human Rights Campaign Slams Idaho Gov. Little for Signing Slate of Bills Rolling Back LGBTQ+ Equality

by HRC Staff

Boise, Idaho – The Human Rights Campaign spoke out today after Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed two anti-LGBTQ+ bills (H. 163 and S. 1100) into law, with a third (S. 1016) expected to be signed in the coming days. The bills enacted include:

  • H. 163, legislation that could force public schools to out LGBTQ+ students to their parents, even if that would put students in danger;

  • S. 1100, legislation that prohibits transgender public school students from using bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity;

  • And S. 1016, legislation that expressly allows public works contractors to refuse to provide transgender people access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

Human Rights Campaign State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley released the following statement:

“LGBTQ+ people in Idaho deserve the opportunity to live their lives with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, the bills that Gov. Little is signing into law will make life harder on LGBTQ+ folks across the state. These bills will not accomplish anything other than to further alienate and stigmatize those already on the margins of life in this state.”

So far in 2023, HRC is tracking more than 420 anti-LGBTQ+ bills that have been introduced in statehouses across the country. Approximately 180 of those bills would specifically restrict the rights of transgender people, the highest number of bills targeting transgender people in a single year to date.

This year, HRC is tracking:

  • More than 100 bills that would prevent trans youth from being able to access age-appropriate, medically-necessary, best-practice health care; five have already become law, in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Utah,

  • More bathroom ban bills filed than in any previous year,

  • More than 80 curriculum censorship bills and 35 anti-drag performance bills.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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