Local LGBTQA+ Issues & Legislation

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AB99: Supports Foster Youth Gender Identity Rights

Assembly Bill 99 – sponsored by Nelson Araujo – would require Nevada’s childcare institutions and agencies to treat a child as having the gender with which the child identifies, and require certain training and policies governing staff working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning children. Read more about the bill at Nevada Forward.

AJR2: Recognizing All Marriages in Nevada

Assembly Joint Resolution 2 would ensure all marriages, regardless of the couple’s gender or orientation, are recognized in Nevada.

Introduced February 1, 2017: This resolution amends Section 21 of Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution to require the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions to recognize all marriages regardless of gender. This resolution further provides that all legally valid marriages must be treated equally under the law.

Primary Sponsor(s): Assemblyman Nelson Araujo and Senator David Parks

SB110: Publication of Name Change and Safety/Conforming with Gender

From The Nevada Independent:

Currently, Nevada law requires anyone who officially files paperwork to change his or her name to publish an announcement in a general circulation newspaper, unless it threatens their safety. SB110, a bill introduced by Democratic Sen. David Parks, would waive that requirement if the name change is being done to conform a name to a person’s gender identity.

Introduced February 8, 2017: Existing law requires a natural person who files a petition for a court-ordered change of name to publish certain information concerning the petition in a newspaper of general circulation once a week for 3 weeks. Existing law waives this requirement if the person demonstrates that such publication would place his or her personal safety at risk. (NRS 41.280) This bill additionally waives the publication requirement if the reason for the change of name is to conform the person’s name to his or her gender identity.

Primary Sponsor(s): Senator David Parks, Senator Joyce Woodhouse, Senator Aaron Ford, Senator Kelvin Atkinson, Senator Julia Ratti, Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, Assemblyman Jason Frierson, Assemblyman Richard Carrillo

SB148: Supporting  benefits for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans.

Introduced February 13, 2017: Requires the Director of the Department of Veterans Services to provide certain assistance and information to veterans and members of the military who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; prohibiting the denial of certain benefits and services to a veteran solely on the basis of the veteran’s status as a discharged veteran who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Primary Sponsor: Senator Pat Spearman

SB201: Bans sexual preference and gender identity conversion “therapy” in Nevada

Mental health professionals would be prohibited from conducting sexual preference or gender identity conversion therapy on children under a bill heard in a Nevada Senate committee Monday.

Senate Bill 201, sponsored by state Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, and a host of other lawmakers, would ban the practice, which has been denounced by major medical groups and condemned by critics as leading to anxiety, depression, substance abuse and suicide among LGBT young people exposed to it.

“The devastating consequences are very well-documented,” Parks told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy. “The medical establishment agrees conversion therapy does not work and can be harmful.”