As of today, March 5th 2021, all 15 anti-LGBTQ bills have been killed by the legislative funnel deadline.
This is no small feat, and we definitely could not have done it alone. We have so many people to thank for this victory. Our coalition partners, business leaders, community members, and many more helped make this a reality. Most of all, thank YOU. Without you speaking up and speaking out, we wouldn’t be here today.
If you want a more in depth explanation of what the funnel deadline is and how we got here, check out this video from Courtney and Keenan.
The targeted bills are toast for this year, but this fight is far from over. Many more will have a disparate impact on LGBTQ people: from bills impacting policing and protest, to those focused on diversity trainings and campus conduct.
The other good news is that our LGBTQ panic defense ban cleared the funnel and is still eligible for debate this year. We need your help to get it over the next hurdle in the Senate.
Contact your Senator now and ask them to advance the ban on LGBTQ panic defenses.
We won the battle this week but we haven’t won the war. We still have to monitor for amendments to other legislation and last second attempts to exclude LGBTQ Iowans. But today we get to celebrate holding the line against the highest number of LGBTQ bills introduced in the country. We did it together, and we should all be proud.
Thank you for joining us in the fight for LGBTQ Iowans.