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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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