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The Equality and Fairness for All Americans (EQFFAA) pledge is a nationwide effort by LGBTQ leaders, faith leaders, individuals, businesses, trade associations and civic leaders to advance equality and federal non-discrimination protections for all Americans in employment, education, housing, credit, jury service and public accommodations. The EQFFAA coalition believes there is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to pass landmark legislation in advance of the midterm elections to bring federal civil rights non-discrimination protections to millions of Americans, including LGBTQ Americans, who live in fear of discrimination and have no legal recourse.
Our defining vision is for LGBTQ+ Arizonans to be fully involved and included in the civic and political functions of our state. On this page, you can find action alerts and policy updates on all the legislation affecting Arizona's LGBTQ+ communities. You can also sign up for action alert emails or subscribe to our podcast feed. We publish these guides as a resource to help LGBTQ+ Arizonans get informed and engaged in civic advocacy. For more information about the Arizona legislature, check out our guide!
Tracking the Arizona Legislature
By sheer volume, 2022 was the worst year on record for anti-LGBTQ+ policy in state legislatures around the nation. Here in Arizona, we faced an onslaught of legislative attacks, from bills targeting kids and their support systems to book bans and preemptive restrictions on gender neutral identity documents. Some ideas that we’ve successfully rebuffed before, like a law banning trans girls from school sports, found success this year, and disturbing new proposals, like the criminalization of gender-affirming care, nearly made it into law.
Through organized, citizen-based advocacy, the vast majority of anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced this session never made it out of the legislature. In some cases, these were more draconian versions of bills that did pass: compared to SB 1138, SB 1130 would have banned gender-affirming care for both youth and vulnerable adults by classifying it as abuse and criminalizing providers, while SB 1046 (a trans student athlete ban like SB 1165) would have subjected cis and trans girls alike whose genders were questioned to invasive testing and genital inspections. To learn more about any of the bills listed below, visit azleg.gov and search by the bill number.
Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills Signed Into Law
Senate Bill 1138
Summary: Originally written as a total ban on gender-affirming care for youth. With a strike-everything amendment, the bill has been narrowed to a ban on gender-affirming surgery for youth, interfering with international standards of care created and maintained by medical experts.
Senate Bill 1165
Summary: Bans trans girls from girls sports in schools. A similar exclusion does not apply to boys sports.
Senate Bill 1399
Summary: Would permit discrimination in adoption and foster care services on the basis of religious preference, under the guise of protecting religious groups from discrimination.
Successfully Amended Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills
House Bill 2161
Summary: As originally written, would have expanded parental access to school and medical records in ways that could violate the privacy of minors, particularly LGBTQ+ children. Along with an initial requirement in the bill for teachers to out trans students to their parents, these concerns have been removed by a series of amendments.
House Bill 2495
Summary: Bans books and other materials with depictions or descriptions of sexual conduct. Originally included a blanket ban on “homosexuality,” but has been amended.
Failed Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills
Senate Bill 1045
Summary: Would ban gender-affirming care for youth and require school employees to out trans kids.
Senate Bill 1046
Summary: Would ban trans girls from girls sports in schools. Requires invasive testing and genital inspections for girls whose gender is questioned.
Senate Bill 1049
Summary: Introduces $5,000 penalties against schools for violations of the parent's bill of rights, the legal cornerstone of many anti-LGBTQ+ bills.
Senate Bill 1130
Summary: Defines gender affirming care for children and vulnerable adults as a form of abuse, criminalizing providers.
House Bill 2011
Summary: Targets GSA clubs in schools by introducing a parental opt-in requirement and other restrictions.
House Bill 2292
Summary: Mandates that Arizona birth certificates are only issued with M or F gender markers.
House Bill 2293
Summary: Stipulates that schools cannot require employees to respect a student’s pronouns or penalize them for misgendering students.
House Bill 2294
Summary: Would prevent state agencies like the MVD or vital records department from issuing documents with gender markers other than M or F.
House Bill 2314
Summary: Ban trans kids from school bathrooms, changing rooms, and other “multi-occupancy facilities” appropriate to their genders.
House Bill 2608
Summary: Originally written as a total ban on gender-affirming care for youth, it may be subject to a strike-everything amendment on an unrelated issue.