Build a Wyoming Where Everyone is Treated with Dignity and Respect
During the 2019 Legislative Session, Wyoming Equality is fighting to secure full legal and lived equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two spirit Wyomingites. We’re ready to take the fight to the Capitol. Join us!
HB 230, Relating to Enhancing quality employment law, or the “Equal” Act protects LGBTQ Wyomingites in the workplace. It is our sincere hope the Equal Act will solidify that when every Wyomingite is given the opportunity to work hard and earn a living, our state succeeds. Employees should be evaluated on whether they get the job done. No more, no less
Most people don’t know you can still be fired from your job just because of who you are or whom you love. We can turn a corner this year by gaining support for this bill.
Marriage Language Clean-Up Bill
HB 289, Relating to Codification of marital rights, updates our state laws to reflect that married LGBTQ couples are entitled to the same spousal benefits and rights as straight couples - including custody and parentage of children. Currently, our laws only mention husbands and wives, and mothers and fathers. This is not the reality of LGBTQ couples or single parent families.
Because of the gendered language, LGBTQ couples can face substantial hurdles in claiming a spouse’s death benefits or parentage of their children.
Help us Defeat these Threats to Equality
Religious exemptions: Religious liberty is a fundamental American value, protected by the First Amendment and numerous state and federal laws. But religious liberty doesn’t give anyone special rights to discriminate against others just because of who they are. And yet the opponents of equality are launching a coordinated effort to create religious exemptions in healthcare, in social services, in the workplace, in access to housing, in business, and even in government. The negative effects aren’t limited to LGBTQ discrimination; everyone’s rights are at stake.
Restroom access: Barring transgender people from using public restrooms that are appropriate for them is an insidious form of discrimination that prevents them from participating in public life. Every one of us needs access to restrooms throughout the day in order to do our jobs, attend class, or spend the day at the State Capitol participating in the democratic process. Barring transgender Wyomingites from using the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity forces people to choose between personal safety and breaking the law. In 2017, you helped us defeat bills that would have targeted transgender Wyomingites for such unfair and stigmatizing treatment. If these bills are re-filed in 2019, we intend to stop them again!
HOW YOU CAN MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN
Our public education programs tell the stories of LGBTQ Wyomingites and make the case for equality—winning hearts and minds. If you’ve been affected by discrimination, we want to hear from you! Share your story here.