Oklahoma State Legislature Sends Discriminatory Diversity Training Ban to Governor Stitt’s Desk

by Wyatt Ronan

OKLAHOMA – Today, the Oklahoma state legislature sent House Bill 1775 — a bill that prohibits diversity training regarding gender identity, sexual orientation, race stereotyping and sex stereotyping for students – to Governor Kevin Stitt’s desk. HB 1775 is the first piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation that the state legislature has advanced.

The legislative fight to pass discriminatory anti-LGBTQ legislation has been fast and furious, led by national groups aiming to stymie LGBTQ progress made on the national level and in many states. There are so far more than 253 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Of those, at least 124 directly target transgender people.

This legislation — developed without any legitimate basis — does nothing but perpetuate discrimination by literally preventing students from receiving inclusive, substantive diversity training. This bill is a mean-spirited and direct effort to further marginalize women, people of color, and LGBTQ Oklahomans, pushed through the state legislature by lawmakers who chose to ignore the real problems in their state. Governor Stitt must veto this harmful legislation that only serves to further divide Oklahoma for absolutely no reason at all.

Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President

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