WV Equality Report Card

This report card reflects how every member of the Legislature voted on bills that affect LGBTQ people during the 2021 and 2022 legislative session. Not sure which legislator represents you? Click here to use our tool to look them up. You can also type the name of your county in the search bar at the top of each table. This will display every legislator who represents a district located entirely or partially in that county. For instance, if you live in Charleston, typing “Kanawha” in the search bar will show every Delegate or Senator connected to that county.

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Senate Report Card

NameClassroom Gag OrderPro- Conversion Therapy BillTrans Athlete Ban (2021)Info
Sen. Mike Azinger
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. CNN — GOP state senator calls the LGBTQ movement sexually deviant and perverted.
2. Sen. Azinger said the story of how a transgender West Virginian survived being raped as a child was "pathetic"

Pleasants, Wood, Wirt, Roane
Sen. Stephen Baldwin
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act (lead sponsor), Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection

Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers

Sen. Robert Beach
Democrat

Voted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law

Marion, Monongalia
Sen. Craig Blair
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.
Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.
Berkeley, Hampshire, Mineral, Morgan
Sen. Donna Boley
Republican
Voted in favorAbsentVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.
Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.
Pleasants, Roane, Wirt, Wood
Sen. Owens Brown
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstNot a member of the Legislature during this vote.Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.
Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.
Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio
Sen. Mike Caputo
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Marion, Monongalia
Sen. Charles Clements
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.
Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:
Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ritchie, Tyler, Wetzel
Sen. Hannah Geffert
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstNot a member of the Legislature during this vote.

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Berkeley, Jefferson
Sen. Amy Grady
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Trans Athlete Ban, Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:

Jackson, Mason, Putnam, Roane
Sen. Bill Hamilton
Republican
Voted againstVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Grant, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur, Webster
Sen. William Ihlenfeld
Democrat
Not a member of the Legislature during this vote.Voted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law

Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio
Sen. Glenn Jeffries
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Kanawha, Putnam
Sen. Robert Karnes
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.
Related news about this legislator:
1. Fairness WV — WV Senate will consider “Karnes Amendment” to abolish local fairness laws

Grant, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur, Webster
Sen. Richard Lindsay
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act (lead sponsor in 2022), Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Related news about this legislator:
- Gazette-Mail — Sen. Richard Lindsay's response to a candidate questionnaire, including mentions of his support for LGBTQ equality.

Kanawha, Putnam
Sen. Mike Maroney RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ritchie, Tyler, Wetzel
Sen. Patrick Martin RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis
Sen. Mark Maynard
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Foster Care Discrimination

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Herald-Dispatch — Sen. Mark Maynard's response to a candidate questionnaire, including that he opposes the Fairness Act

McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Wayne
Sen. Eric Nelson RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Kanawha
Sen. Rupie Phillips RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne
Sen. Robert Plymale DemocratVoted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection Act (lead sponsor in 2021)

Cabell, Wayne
Sen. Rollan Roberts RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

McDowell, Raleigh, Wyoming
Sen. Mike Romano
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis
Sen. Patricia Rucker RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Candidate's website — Sen. Patricia Rucker proudly displays an endorsement she received from the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, the state's largest anti-LGBTQ group.

Berkeley, Jefferson
Sen. Randy Smith
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act

Barbour, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Tucker
Sen. Ron Stollings
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection Act (lead sponsor in 2021)

 Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne
Sen. David Stover DemocratAbsentVoted in favorVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None. Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:McDowell, Raleigh, Wyoming
Sen. Chandler Swope
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Pro-Conversion Therapy Bill, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Wayne
Sen. Dave Sypolt RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:Barbour, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Tucker
Sen. Tom Takubo
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act (lead sponsor in 2021 and 2022)

Kanawha
Sen. Eric Tarr RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Foster Care Discrimination

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Family Policy Council of WV — The FPC, an anti-LGBTQ group that opposes the Fairness Act and supports conversion therapy, endorsed Sen. Eric Tarr.

Jackson, Mason, Putnam, Roane
Sen. Charles Trump RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None. Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:Berkeley, Hampshire, Mineral, Morgan
Sen. John Unger
Democrat
Not a member of the Legislature during this vote.Voted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Berkeley, Jefferson
Sen. Ryan Weld RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted againstAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None. Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio
Sen. Mike Woelfel DemocratVoted againstVoted againstAbsent

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Cabell, Wayne
Sen. Jack Woodrum RepublicanVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Pro-Conversion Therapy Bill Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers

 

House of Delegates Report Card

NameClassroom Gag OrderPro-Conversion Therapy BillAbolishing Local LibertyTrans Athlete Ban (2021)Info
Del. William Anderson
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.
Wood
Del. Jim Barach
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted againstAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Gender Neutral Marriage Language
Kanawha
Del. Trenton Barnhart
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban, Classroom Gag Order.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.
Pleasants, Ritchie
Del. Jason Barrett
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted againstVoted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Youth Mental Health Protection Act, Angel's Law (lead sponsor in 2021)

Related news about this legislator
1. W.Va. House GOP supermajority gains another member as Delegate Jason Barrett switches parties
Berkeley
Del. Mick Bates
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Related news about this legislator
1. Raleigh Co. Delegate Mick Bates Switches From Democrat To Republican, Extends GOP Supermajority
Raleigh
Del. Brent Boggs
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorAnti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator
1. Del. Boggs was one of four Democrats to vote in favor of the trans athlete ban in 2021
Braxton, Gilmer
Del. Josh Booth
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Herald-Dispatch — Del. Josh Booth's response to a candidate questionnaire. He did not say whether he would support the Fairness Act, and only said that "no one should live in fear" of discrimination.

Wayne
Del. Jordan Bridges
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Boone, Logan, Wyoming
Del. Nathan Brown
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA.

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Nathan Brown was one of four Democrats to vote in favor of the trans athlete ban in 2021

Logan, Mingo
Del. Barry Bruce
Republican
Not a member of the Legislature during this vote.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers
Del. Adam Burkhammer
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Burkhammer told a local newspaper in 2020 that he opposes the Fairness Act

Lewis, Upshur
Del. Moore Capito
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Moore Capito is the chairman of the committee that ran and voted on the Pro-Conversion Therapy Bill.

Kanawha
Del. Wayne Clark
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Jefferson
Del. Roger Conley
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Family Policy Council of West Virginia — The FPC, an anti-LGBTQ organization that opposes the Fairness Act and supports conversion therapy, endorsed Del. Roger Conley.

Wood
Del. Roy Cooper
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Monroe, Raleigh, Summers
Del. Vernon Criss
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:

Wood
Del. Kathie Hess Crouse
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Herald-Dispatch — Del. Kathie Hess Crouse's response to a candidate questionnaire, including that she opposes the Fairness Act

Jackson, Mason, Putnam
Del. Mark Dean
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Williamson Daily News — Del. Dean responded to a candidate survey, including that he does not support the Fairness Act

McDowell, Mingo, Wyoming
Del. Phillip Diserio
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Brooke, Ohio
Del. John Doyle
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Doyle says it's "appalling" that LGBTQ discrimination is still legal

Jefferson

Del. John Ellington
Republican

Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Ellington was the chairman of the House committee that supported the trans athlete ban

Mercer, Raleigh
Del. Paul Espinosa
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Espinosa told a local newspaper that the Fairness Act was not needed in West Virginia

Jefferson
Del. Ed Evans
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

McDowell, Mercer
Del. Tom Fast
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Abolishing Local Liberties, Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth, Weakening or Eliminating the WV Human Rights Commission

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Family Policy Council of West Virginia — The FPC, an anti-LGBTQ organization that opposes the Fairness Act and supports conversion therapy, endorsed Del. Tom Fast.
3. Del. Fast has compared LGBTQ people to pedophiles

Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh
Del. Dana Ferrell
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
- Gazette-Mail — Del. Dana Ferrell's response to a candidate questionnaire, including no direct answer to whether he would support the Fairness Act.

Kanawha
Del. Barbara Fleischaeur
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Angel's Law (lead sponsor in 2021 and 2022)

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Fleischauer speaks out against the trans athlete ban
2. Del. Fleischauer speaks out after lawmakers try to allow discrimination in foster care

Monongalia
Del. Shawn Fluharty
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstVoted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Ohio
Del. Don Forsht
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Berkeley
Del. Geoff Foster
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Abolishing Local Liberties, Trans Athlete Ban, Classroom Gag Order, Pro-Conversion Therapy Bill, Weakening or Eliminating the WV Human Rights Commission

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Geoff Foster wanted to remove the state's existing protections for LGBTQ children and families in foster.

Putnam
Del. Joey Garcia
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Garcia speaks out agains the trans athlete ban
2. Del. Garcia joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers to introduce the Fairness Act

Marion
Del. Marty Gearhardt
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Mercer, Raleigh
Del. Dianna Graves
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Related news about this legislator:
1. Gazette-Mail — Del. Diana Graves' response to a candidate questionnaire, including no direct answer about whether she would vote in support of the Fairness Act.

Kanawha, Putnam
Del. Ric Griffith
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Related news about this legislator:
1. Herald-Dispatch — Del. Griffith's response to a candidate questionnaire, including his support for the Fairness Act

Wayne
Del. Danny Hamrick
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:

Harrison, Taylor
Del. Caleb Hanna
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Abolishing Local Liberties, Classroom Gag Order, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Hanna motioned to cut off debate about the Classroom Gag Order and immediately send the bill to the House floor for a vote

Nicholas, Randolph, Upshur, Webster
Del. Evan Hansen
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Correct IDs For All

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Hansen joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the Fairness Act
2. Del. Hansen reminds members of the House of Delegates that LGBTQ protections are good for our economy

Monongalia

Del. Roger Hanshaw
Republican

Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Roger Hanshaw's response after a House Republican got caught using homophobic slurs

Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer
Del. John Hardy
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Berkeley
Del. Austin Haynes
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh
Del. Josh Higginbotham
Republican
Not a member of the Legislature during this vote.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act (lead sponsor in 2021), Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Higginbotham comes out as gay

Jackson, Mason, Putnam
Del. Josh Holstein
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Boone
Del. Sean Hornbuckle
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Hornbuckle joined Fairness WV to condemn the Classroom Gag Order

Cabell, Lincoln
Del. Chuck Horst
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Berkeley

Del. John Paul Hott
Republican

Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Grant, Mineral, Pendleton
Del. Eric Householder
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Berkeley
Del. Gary Howell
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Mineral
Del. Dean Jeffries
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order, Abolishing Local Liberty, Trans Athlete Ban, Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth, Pro-Conversion Therapy Bill, No Rainbows in School, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTG bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. WV bill would forbid sexuality displays in public schools

Kanawha
Del. Joe Jeffries
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Abolishing Local Liberty, No Rainbows in School, Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Jeffries loses his committee assignments after sharing oral sex advice on TikTok

Putnam, Lincoln, Boone, Logan
Del. D. Rolland Jennings
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Preston, Tucker
Del. Riley Keaton
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order.

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
- Family Policy Council of West Virginia — The FPC, an anti-LGBTQ group that opposes the Fairness Act and supports conversion therapy, endorsed Del. Riley Keaton.

Jackson, Roane
Del. John Kelly
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Wood
Del. David Kelly
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Doddridge, Pleasants, Tyler
Del. Kayla Kessinger
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Kessinger was endorsed by a national anti-LGBTQ political action committee in 2020

Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh
Del. Laura Kimble
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Harrison, Taylor
Del. Shannon Kimes
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Wirt, Wood
Del. Daniel Linville
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Herald-Dispatch — Del. Daniel Linville's response to a candidate questionnaire. He would not say if he supports the Fairness Act, but indicated it isn't needed.

Cabell, Lincoln
Del. Todd Longanacre
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers
Del. Chad Lovejoy
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law

Related news about this legislator:
- Herald-Dispatch — Del. Chad Lovejoy's response to a candidate questionnaire, including his support of the Fairness Act

Cabell, Wayne
Del. Phil Mallow
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Marion
Del. John Mandt Jr.
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban, No Rainbows in School

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. WV lawmaker John Mandt caught using gay slurs, disparaging other elected officials
2. Fairness WV statement on Del. Mandt winning re-election after resigning

Cabell, Lincoln
Del. Carl Martin
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Abolishing Local Liberties, Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Martin refused to tell a journalist why he's supporting a bill to rollback LGBTQ protections

Upshur
Del. Zack Maynard
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Abolishing Local Liberty

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam
Del. Jordan Maynor
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Absent during the vote

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Monroe, Raleigh, Summers
Del. Margritta Mazzochi
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Mazzocchi spoke in favor of the trans athlete ban, saying that she did not “want all this mixing and matching” of “transgender children” with non-transgender children

Boone, Logan, Wyoming
Del. Pat McGeehan
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. McGeehan criticized West Virginia businesses for participating in Pride events, calling it "insane"

Brooke, Hancock
Del. George Miller
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Hampshire, Morgan
Del. Ty Nestor
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Pocahontas, Randolph
Del. Larry Pack
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Kanawha
Del. Jeffrey Pack
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Weakening or Eliminating the WV Human Rights Commission

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Monroe, Raleigh, Summers
Del. Tony Paynter
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

McDowell, Mercer, Wyoming
Del. Dave Pethtel
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Monongalia, Wetzel
Del. Chris Phillips
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Barbour, Tucker
Del. Jonathan Pinson
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Jackson, Mason, Putnam
Del. Chris Pritt
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:
1. Gazette-Mail — Del. Chris Pritt's response to a candidate questionnaire, including his opposition to banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

Kanawha
Del. Mike Pushkin
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act (lead sponsor), Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Related news about this legislator:
1. Gazette-Mail — Del. Mike Pushkin's response to a candidate questionnaire, including his support for LGBTQ equality

Kanawha
Del. Ben Queen
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Harrison, Taylor
Del. Ken Reed
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Berkeley, Morgan
Del. Charlie Reynolds
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Marshall
Del. Clay Riley
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Harrison, Taylor
Del. Matthew Rohrbach
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Cabell, Wayne
Del. Ruth Rowan
Republican
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth, HIV Criminalization

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None.

Hampshire, Mineral
Del. Larry Rowe
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Correct IDs For All

Related news about this legislator:
1. Gazette-Mail — Del. Larry Rowe's response to a candidate questionnaire, including mentions of his support for LGBTQ equality.
2. Del. Rowe joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers to introduce the Fairness Act

Kanawha
Del. Doug Skaff
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law, Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Related news about this legislator:
1. Gazette-Mail — Del. Doug Skaff's response to a candidate questionnaire, including his support for LGBTQ equality
2. Del. Skaff joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the Fairness Act

Kanawha
Del. Doug Smith
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Mercer, Raleigh
Del. Joe Statler
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Monongalia
Del. Brandon Steele
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order, Weakening or Eliminating the WV Human Rights Commission (lead sponsor)

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Raleigh
Del. Erikka Storch
Republican
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Youth Mental Health Protection Act (lead sponsor in 2021)

Ohio
Del. Amy Summers
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Marion, Monongalia, Taylor
Del. Terri Sypolt
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: HIV Criminalization (lead sponsor)

Pro-LGBQ bills sponsored: None. Related news about this legislator:

Preston
Del. Cody Thompson
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Youth Mental Health Protection Act, Correct IDs For All, Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Related news about this legislator:
1. Del. Thompson joined Fairness WV to urge lawmakers to support the Fairness Act

Pocahontas, Randolph
Del. Christopher Toney
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Raleigh, Wyoming
Del. Heather Tully
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order, Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Greenbrier, Nicholas
Del. Danielle Walker
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act (lead sponsor in 2021 and 2022), Angel's Law (lead sponsor in 2021 and 2022), Correct IDs For All, Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Related news about this legislator:
1. ACLU-WV — Del. Danielle Walker's response to a candidate questionnaire, including her support of the Fairness Act.
2. Del. Walker joined Fairness WV to urge lawmakers to support the Fairness Act

Monongalia
Del. Johnnie Wamsley
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Mason, Putnam
Del. Bryan Ward
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Hardy, Pendleton
Del. Guy Ward
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favorVoted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA, Classroom Gag Order

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Marion
Del. Steve Westfall
Republican
AbsentVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: Trans Athlete Ban

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Jackson
Del. John Williams
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted againstVoted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Monongalia
Del. Evan Worrell
Republican
Voted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: RFRA

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Cabell
Del. Kayla Young
Democrat
Voted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Not a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Correct IDs For All, Gender Neutral Marriage Language

Related news about this legislator:
1. Gazette-Mail — Del. Kayla Young's response to a candidate questionnaire, including her support for LGBTQ equality
2. ACLU-WV — Del. Young's response to another candidate questionnaire

Kanawha
Del. Mark Zatezalo
Republican
Voted in favorVoted in favorNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted in favor

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: None.

Related news about this legislator:

Brooke, Hancock
Del. Lisa Zukoff
Democrat
Voted againstVoted againstNot a member of the committee that voted on this bill.Voted against

Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sponsored: None.

Pro-LGBTQ bills sponsored: Fairness Act, Angel's Law

Marshall

 

 

What do these votes mean?

If a legislators has all check marks, that means Fairness supports how they voted on each issue. If a legislator has all Xs, that means Fairness opposed how they voted on each issue. Have any questions about this report card? Email jake@fairnesswv.org

❌ Classroom Gag Order

We narrowly defeated this bill in the final minutes of the 2022 legislative session. The goal of this bill was to discourage educators and college professors from having important conversations about our country’s history of discrimination. Multiple versions of the Classroom Gag Order were introduced and voted on, including House Bill 4011 and Senate Bill 478.

Fairness WV opposed all of these bills. A checkmark means the legislator also opposed these bills, whereas an X means the legislator supported one or more versions of the bills.

❌ Pro-Conversion Therapy Bill

This bill would have overturned the local bans on conversion therapy that four communities have already adopted. Conversion therapy has been discredited by the medical community for years, and it is a form of child abuse. Fortunately, this bill was defeated in the final days of the legislative session.

Fairness WV opposed this bill, Senate Bill 71, after Senators approved it and sent it to the House. Senators amended the bill to include an easily-overlooked provision that would have promoted conversion therapy. A checkmark means the legislator opposed this bill, whereas an X means the legislator supported it.

❌ Abolishing Local Liberty

This bill would have allowed a super minority of voters to potentially repeal any city ordinance, including the local nondiscrimination protections that 16 communities have already adopted. It would have had a chilling effect on future cities from even considering these protections out of fear of facing an expensive, divisive referendum.

Fairness WV opposed this bill, House Bill 2232. A checkmark means the legislator also opposed this bills, whereas an X means the legislator voted in favor of it. HB 2232 was among several bills to abolish local liberty, but no other version was voted on by lawmakers.

❌ Trans Athlete Ban

This bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Jim Justice. It bans transgender girls in middle school, high school and college from participating in school sports that match their gender identity.

Fairness WV opposed bill, House Bill 3293. A checkmark means the legislator also opposed this bill, whereas an X means the legislator supported it. NOTE: This vote is the only vote from the 2021 legislative session included in the report card — all other votes occurred in 2022.

 

OTHER BILLS

In addition to the issues listed above, these other bills would have affected LGBTQ people but were never brought up for a vote:

❌ Ban on Gender Affirming Care for Trans Youth — Bills that would severely limit or eliminate the ability of doctors to provide medically-necessary health care to transgender people under the age of 18.

❌ No Rainbows in School — Bills that would have prevented teachers in West Virginia schools from hanging any posters or signs that include a rainbow or other messages of support for LGBTQ youth. This is similar, though not quite as extreme, as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill seen in Florida.

❌ Weakening or Eliminating the WV Human Rights Commission — A group of various bills that sought to totally eliminate the state’s Human Rights Commission, decrease its funding, or to significantly hinder the commission’s work.

❌ HIV Criminalization — A bill to criminalize HIV that makes it a felony to knowingly expose someone to the virus.

✅ Fairness Act — A bipartisan bill to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination by updating the state’s existing human rights laws. The bill would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protect classes, ensuring that no one faces discrimination in employment, housing or public spaces.

✅ Youth Mental Health Protection Act — A bill to ban licensed medical providers from practicing the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy.

✅ Angel’s Law — This bill, named for a recent victim of a homophobic physical attack, would add LGBTQ people to the state’s hate crimes law. Angel’s Law would also stress restorative justice, which allows a judge to sentence a perpetrator to work within the community they have wronged in lieu of additional jail time.

✅ Correct IDs For All — Several lawmakers sponsored bills to make it easier for transgender people to correct the gender listed on their birth certificates, and to allow for new gender marker on IDs other than M or F.

✅ Gender Neutral Marriage Language — Several lawmakers sponsored this bill to remove gendered language from state laws surrounding marriage licenses.

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