Record number of bills target LGBTQ rights

At least 74 have been signed into law, many of which specifically target transgender people.
FILE – Trans-rights activists protest outside the House chamber at the state Capitol before the State of the State address in Oklahoma City on Feb. 6, 2023. A bill that would make it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for a medical professional to provide gender affirming medical treatment for those under the age of 18 cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

More than 520 bills targeting the rights of LGBTQ people have been introduced in state legislatures across the nation this year, an unprecedented tsunami of legislation that has overwhelmed equality advocates.

Tracking by several pro-LGBTQ rights groups shows at least 74 of those bills have been signed into law. Many of those bills, introduced by Republican lawmakers, specifically target transgender people and those who identify as non-binary.

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