BREAKING: Mississippi’s HB1523, Nation’s Most Sweeping Anti-LGBTQ Law, Set to Go into Effect

The Fifth Court of Appeals has denied Campaign for Southern Equality’s request for a rehearing 

HB1523, the nation’s most sweeping anti-LGBTQ law, will now go into effect across Mississippi on October 6, 2017

HB1523 authorizes Mississippi officials and service providers, such as doctors and store owners, to refuse services to LGBTQ individuals on the basis of three specific, anti-LGBTQ religious beliefs related to marriage, gender identity and sex outside of marriage.

This reckless law discriminates against and targets the LGBTQ community. This is hard news, but we are prepared for what comes next.

If folks experience anti-LGBTQ discrimination in Mississippi, the Campaign for Southern Equality has set up a hotline for reporting and to access legal and support services.

People who experience discrimination can report it by calling our hotline (828.242.1559), by email ( or by posting at our Facebook page ( Our team of attorneys, organizers and clergy will respond with support and resources.

We will not stop fighting until the LGBTQ community across Mississippi, which numbers more than 60,000, has equal rights and protections under the law.

Standing with Mississippi,

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director, Campaign for Southern Equality