This won't please Mike Pence or Tony Perkins or Jerry Falwell, Jr., or the rest of the anti-LGBT haters: the AP reported yesterday that state legislative efforts aimed at "curtailing LGBT rights" have been "completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year." More than 120 anti-LGBT bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country last year; as of now, only two anti-LGBT bills are (barely) alive. The other 118 are dead, dead, dead. So while the Trump administration is doing what it can to harm queer people—particularly trans people—at the federal level, the infection hasn't spread to the states.

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Why not?

"A key factor in the shift: In the Republican-led states where these types of bills surface, moderate GOP lawmakers and business leaders are increasingly wary of losing conventions, sporting events and corporate headquarters," David Carey of the AP reports. "North Carolina, Indiana and Arizona were among the states that faced similar backlash in recent years over such legislation."

Queer activists kicked the shit out North Carolina, Indiana, and Arizona when those states passed laws that allowed businesses and individuals to discriminate against LGBT people. In 2014 Arizona's then-rightwing-dirtbag-governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would've "allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers" in Arizona.
In 2015 Mike Pence signed Indiana's "religious freedom" bill into law and was quickly forced to sign a subsequent bill gutting Indiana's "religious freedom" law after this faceplant of an interview with George Stephanopoulos:


And North Carolina gave it a try in 2016, passing an anti-trans bathroom bill packed with other rightwing goodies from banning municipal hikes to the minimum wage to making it harder for people to sue in cases of racial or sex discrimination and overturning existing anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people in cities in North Carolina. North Carolina only partially repealed their anti-LGBT bill in 2017 after a huge outcry and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.

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But other state's saw what happened in North Carolina, Indiana, and Arizona—thanks to LGBT activists—and backed away from "religious freedom" laws that would legalize discrimination against LGBT people and other proposed laws aimed at harming LGBT rights.

So, hey, good job, everyone.

P.S. And about those 120 anti-LGBT laws? Few to none of them were introduced in blue states. Legislators in red states pushed scores of anti-LGBT laws and saw all of them fail.

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