Queer Exodus: 15 States LGBTQ+ Americans Are Leaving in Vast Numbers

With changing laws and social attitudes, many LGBTQ+ Americans are leaving states that feel less supportive. Here’s a list of 15 states from which they’re moving away in 2024.

1. Texas

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Due to restrictive laws targeting transgender youth healthcare and participation in sports, Texas has seen many LGBTQ+ families and individuals move to states with more inclusive policies.

2. Florida

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Florida’s enactment of laws like the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, limiting discussions around sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, has pushed the LGBTQ+ community to seek more welcoming locations.

3. Idaho

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With some of the most stringent policies against transgender individuals, including bans on gender-affirming care for minors, Idaho has become less appealing for LGBTQ+ residents.

4. Tennessee

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Tennessee’s broad restrictions on transgender rights in areas like healthcare, education, and sports have made it a difficult place for many in the LGBTQ+ community to live openly and safely.

5. Alabama

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Alabama has introduced aggressive legislation that not only affects transgender youth but also penalizes medical professionals who provide gender-affirming treatments, causing concern among LGBTQ+ individuals and their families.

6. Arkansas

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In Arkansas, recent bans on gender-confirming treatments for minors and other anti-LGBTQ+ legislative actions have fueled a significant migration out of the state.

7. Georgia

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While certain areas like Atlanta are known for their progressive stances, statewide policies have increasingly targeted LGBTQ+ rights, prompting some community members to relocate.

8. South Dakota

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South Dakota’s recent laws, particularly those that limit transgender athletes’ participation in sports, have contributed to its reputation as an unwelcoming state for LGBTQ+ individuals.

9. Montana

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Montana has enacted laws that restrict discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation in schools, pushing LGBTQ+ families to consider more inclusive educational environments.

10. Oklahoma

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Oklahoma’s legislation on banning transgender girls from female sports teams and other anti-LGBTQ+ measures has created an unwelcoming atmosphere, leading to relocations.

11. Missouri

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Missouri has seen an increase in legislative efforts to curb transgender rights, including healthcare and sports participation, which has driven the LGBTQ+ community to seek better protections elsewhere.

12. Kentucky

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Kentucky’s growing number of legislative measures against the LGBTQ+ community, particularly in healthcare and family rights, has made it less hospitable.

13. North Dakota

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The state’s legislative sessions have seen several bills that negatively impact LGBTQ+ rights, influencing decisions by residents to move to more supportive states.

14. South Carolina

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South Carolina has not been immune to the trend of introducing legislation that curtails the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals, affecting both community morale and individuals’ well-being.

15. Indiana

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Despite its Midwestern neighbors adopting more progressive measures, Indiana has lagged, particularly in protections for LGBTQ+ youth, influencing a gradual departure of the community.

Seeking Safer Havens

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As LGBTQ+ Americans continue to seek out states that affirm and protect their rights, this exodus underscores the need for more inclusive and comprehensive legislative support across the United States. The movement of these communities highlights the ongoing challenges and decisions faced by many LGBTQ+ individuals and families in pursuit of acceptance and safety.

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