In Oklahoma, LGBTQ individuals lack many of the same rights as their straight counterparts. This is due to a variety of factors, including the state's conservative leanings and its history of homophobia. However, there are signs that things may be changing, and advocates for LGBTQ rights are working hard to bring about change. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the challenges facing LGBTQ Oklahomans and what's being done to help them.
In a disappointing but not surprising turn of events, Oklahoma has joined the ranks of states considering legislation that would ban transgender youth from participating in sports in teams matching their gender identity.
Across the country, there has been an alarming trend of states passing so-called "bathroom bills." These laws force students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender on their birth certificate, rather than the gender with which they identify. This is an attack on the LGBTQ community, and it has sparked protests from civil rights groups.
Though the situation for LGBTQ rights is difficult in Oklahoma, advocates are fighting for change. In Arkansas, things are even more challenging, with few legal protections in place. However, progress is being made and we must continue to fight for equality. To learn more about the challenges facing LGBTQ people in Arkansas and what's being done to help them, check out our blog on LGBTQ rights in Arkansas.