2023 Bill Tracker

The 2023 General Assembly session has just begun, and we’re already seeing a record number of bills targeting transgender and nonbinary youth. Let’s be clear– we will do everything to defeat any bill attacking our youth.

We know that many of you have concerns around the near-constant stream of bills being filed. Equality Virginia is working as quickly as possible to review all new legislation that is filed, and will continue to update our 2023 Bill Tracker with our stance and relevant actions. Lawmakers have until Friday January 20th to introduce bills. While there’s so much that we already know, we expect to have a fuller, clearer picture closer to the 20th.

Every Monday of session, Equality Virginia will publish our Monday Memo– a new weekly email series that will provide a recap of the previous week, preview the week ahead and what we expect (committee hearings, bill movement, key votes, etc.), and how you can best engage and make an impact. Our first Monday Memo will also include background information and talking points about the bills we’re tracking and strongly oppose.

Committee Hearing Calendar

 

Committee Hearing Calendar

Transgender Athlete Bans: HB 1387 (Greenhalgh), HB 1399 (March), SB 911 (Cosgrove Jr), SB 962 (Peake), and SB 1186 (Reeves) – These bills would ban trans athletes from playing on the school sports teams that align with their gender identity, effectively banning them from school sports entirely.

Gender-Affirming Care Bans: SB 791 (Chase), SB 960 (Peake), SB 1203 (Reeves)- These bills attempt to ban gender-affirming healthcare for transgender and nonbinary youth. Healthcare decisions should always be made between trans youth themselves, their guardians, and their doctors.

Court Ordered Name Change For Students: HB 1434 (Ballard) – This bill requires a trans student to obtain a “change of name” court order before school staff would be allowed to update the student’s name in their educational records. This presents an unnecessary barrier to transgender and nonbinary students who just want to be addressed correctly at school.

Forced Outing: HB 1707 (Durant), HB 2432 (LaRock) – This bill requires public school personnel to contact a student’s parent if they believe that the student’s self-identified gender does not align with their “biological sex”. This is a harmful practice known as “outing” that violates the student’s and their family’s privacy, and can have detrimental effects on that student’s safety.