There is a stark divide between states on LGBTQ+ rights, as revealed in the Human Rights Campaign’s recently released State Equality Index. The report, conducted in partnership with the Equality Federation, assesses the LGBTQ+ rights records of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, unveiling a landscape shaped by differing policies and priorities. The index categorizes states into distinct tiers. Twenty states, along with D.C., are placed in the highest-rated category, termed “Working Toward Innovative Equality.” Five states fall into the next category, labeled “Solidifying Equality,” while two states are classified under “Building Equality.” Alarmingly, twenty-three states, including Florida, find themselves in the lowest-rated category, identified as “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.” Despite 2023 being the worst year on record for anti-LGBTQ+ state legislation, a few states made significant strides. Michigan, previously in the lowest category, moved up due to the passage of major LGBTQ+ rights bills. Arizona progressed from the lowest category to “Building Equality.” However, some states saw a regression, with Utah, Kentucky, and North Dakota moving down a category due to the enactment of homophobic and transphobic legislation. As we enter 2024, legislative sessions in 36 states have seen the introduction of 325 anti-LGBTQ+ bills, many targeting transgender individuals. Advocates are stressing the urgency for collective action against these discriminatory legislation, emphasizing the need for public engagement in shaping a more inclusive future.