Mississippi’s HB1523: Updates and Resources
HB1523, the nation’s most sweeping anti-LGBTQ law, is in effect across Mississippi.
People who experience discrimination can report it to the Campaign for Southern Equality by calling or texting our hotline (828.242.1559), by email (email@example.com), through this online form, or by posting at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/southernequality). Our team of attorneys, clergy and organizers will respond with support and resources.
The law authorizes Mississippi officials and service providers, such as doctors and store owners, to recuse themselves from serving LGBTQ individuals on the basis of three specific religious beliefs about gay marriage, transgender individuals, and sex before marriage.
Mississippi is home to 60,000 LGBT adults and an estimated 11,400 transgender youth and adults, according to 2016 data published by the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law. The state is also home to 3,500 same-sex couples, 29 percent of whom are raising children—the highest rate in the nation.
Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services
New data from the Williams Institute shows that more than 300,000 trans folks call the South home. Too often, they face a lack of resources and support. We often hear stories of people going without medical care or traveling hours to reach a doctor who will treat them with respect. That’s got to change.
To respond to that need, the Campaign for Southern Equality is releasing Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources and Services.
In the pages of this edition of Trans in the South you’ll find lists of trans-friendly service providers – from doctors to attorneys to counselors – across the South as well as resources to assist with funding medical transition. This information has been collected and vetted by Ivy Gibson-Hill, our LGBT Rights Toolkit Coordinator. We hope this resource guide helps people access the services they need to survive and to thrive.
You can download a PDF of Trans in the South: A Guide to Resources by clicking here.
Laws in your state
Laws regarding adoption, nondiscrimination protections, hate crimes reporting and much more vary from state to state. For information about the policies that affect LGBT people in your state, please see these resources from national LGBT organizations:
Human Rights Campaign’s state law maps
Lambda Legal’s state law map
For more information about state-issued documents in all 50 states, see the National Center for Transgender Equality’s ID Documents Center.
Power of Attorney
Protect your rights with estate planning tools like health care power of attorney forms. Estate planning makes clear your wishes for treatment during emergencies, at the end of your life, and beyond. For LGBT people and their families, estate planning is a tool that can be used to secure basic rights that many take for granted. If you haven’t completed these important documents, it’s important to do so as soon as possible, at any age, whether you are single or partnered.
These documents will help you protect your rights and wishes:
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Hospitable Visitation Form
Learn more about these tools in Life Lines, a publication of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Mississippi Healthcare Power of Attorney
Download these Healthcare Power of Attorney forms if you live in the state of Mississippi.
LGBT-Friendly Attorneys in Mississippi
CSE maintains a list of LGBT-friendly attorneys across Mississippi who may be able to help you, or refer you to someone who can. Download a PDF of LGBT-Friendly Attorneys in MS
Mississippi Name & Gender Change Guidelines
MISSISSIPPI NAME CHANGE GUIDELINES
This document is intended for informational use only, and is in no way intended to constitute legal advice or the opinions of the Campaign for Southern Equality. Because the law is constantly changing, the Campaign for Southern Equality cannot guarantee that this information is accurate and up-to-date. Procedures may vary by county. If you have any questions, please consult a licensed attorney.
Mississippi law about name changes: Mississippi Code Annotated § 93-17-1 and §93-17-31
What You Need:
Total estimated costs: $113.00
- Fill out the name change petition and get it notarized.
- File the petition at the county clerk’s office in the county where you live and pay the $93.00 fee.
- The clerk will schedule your court date. Appear on that date and if your name change is granted, you will receive your court order for a name change.
*Additional documents may be required: Driver’s license or picture ID, birth certificate or current passport, copies of current bills showing current address.
Don’t Forget: Once your name change has been approved, you will need to update this with several government agencies. This includes changing your name with the Social Security Administration and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. You will need to change your name with Social Security Administration prior to changing it with the DPS. You will need to bring the copy of your name change order along with $20.00 for a corrected license.
Mississippi will issue an amended birth certificate upon receipt of “a certified court order, a medical statement that attests to the reassignment, and the required fee.” Miss. Code Ann. §41-57-1,
Vital records requires a court order for name change, a medical statement verifying to the reassignment (“irreversible changes to sex” is sufficient), and the required fee ($25.00). Please note that even if a court order is for both name and gender marker change, a physician’s letter must be included as well.
Mississippi Vital Records
PO Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215
State Registrar and Director
Public Health Statistics