Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI Laws)

Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Resources

All across the country at city, county, and state levels these new laws are being used as weapons to punish Christians who are simply living out their faith in as a small business owner or employer. These laws allow individuals to sue employers and landowners based on newly protected classes of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. More importantly, around the country, similar laws have created privacy and security issues, allowing men to have unrestricted access to women’s showers, bathrooms and locker rooms in facilities declared a public accommodation (such as YMCAs, Adult and Youth Sports Leagues & Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters and other similar public facilities.

We have compiled some of the best resources we can find to assist you in understanding this important issue, and help train you to articulate to your city councils, county commissions, state legislators and other elected officials how unnecessary and harmful these laws are to your community and state.

Best Talking Points
-FFPC: Eight Reasons to Oppose Laws Which Create New Protected Classes for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression

-Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF): Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Laws: No Need, Yet Great Harm

Power Point

FFPC’s PowerPoint Presentation on SOGI Laws

Best Videos
ADF: What are Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity SOGI Laws?

ADF: Why can’t we all get along?

“Discrimination:” The Conversation Killer

Barronelle Stuzman on Fox News

Additional Videos:
What is a Public Accommodation and What Does it Have to Do with Religious Liberty?

What is Gender Identity Disorder?

Best in-depth articles
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Laws Threaten Freedom by Ryan Anderson (Heritage Foundation)

News Articles of Men Using Women’s Bathrooms
Transgendered man exposes himself in woman’s locker room
A transgendered man permitted to use the women’s locker rooms at a Washington college has created uproar among parents who say their children have been repeatedly exposed by him…’Little girls should not be exposed to naked men, period,’ David Hacker, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom told Fox News.

Students Walk out of School After Transgender Classmate Is Allowed to Use Girls’ Locker Room: ‘I Am a Girl. I Am Not Going to Be Pushed Away to Another Bathroom’
More than 100 students walked out of class at a high school in a small Missouri town on Monday to protest a transgender classmate being allowed to use the girls’ locker room and bathrooms. But the teen tells PEOPLE that the issue isn’t one of uncomfortability, but of hate…The protest followed a school board meeting on Thursday in which a slew of parents came out to oppose Perry’s use of girls’ facilities. One parent told the Dispatch that it isn’t right to give Perry special treatment “while the girls just have to suck it up.”

Toronto Predator who claimed to be Transgendered Declared a Dangerous Offender
…He noted the Montreal man, 37, attacked four vulnerable females between the ages of five and 53 in Montreal and Toronto over the past 12 years. “He has demonstrated from the age of 12 until the present an inability to control his sexual impulses,” said McMahon. Hambrook served four years in prison for sexually abusing a five-year-old girl and while on bail for that crime, raping a 27-year-old intellectually-challenged woman in Montreal.

Feds Tell Illinois School District to Allow Transgendered Boy into Girls Showers and Locker Rooms
Around the country, high schools are increasingly confronting a thorny issue: Should transgender students be allowed into the locker room? And increasingly, the federal government is stepping in to provide an answer: Schools must give trans students full locker room access. Or else.

Examples of Sexual Predators in Women’s Facilities in U.S. Jurisdictions with SOGI Laws

Additional Resources/News Articles
Guest column: LGBT people in Jacksonville do not need a Human Rights Ordinance by Roger Gannam (Jacksonville native & lawyer)

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Classifications: No Demonstrable Effect On Job Creation Or Economic Growth

Analysis of The Utah Compromise: Needlessly Surrendering Freedom

ADF: Protecting Your Ministry from SOGI Lawsuits Handbook

Current Florida Proposed SOGI Laws
Florida FFPC Talking Points on HB 45/SB 120 (2016) Proposed Legislation: “Florida Competitive Workforce Act”

Florida-Specific Memo from ADF

on HB 45 (2016) Proposed Legislation: “Florida Competitive Workforce Act”

Proposed City of Jacksonville SOGI Ordiances (2016)
Jacksonville City Council Proposal #1
Jacksonville City Council Proposal #2

Other SOGI laws and city and county ordinances are being considered across Florida, including in Pensacola.