Policy Advocacy

We lobby officials and leaders at state and local levels for policy changes that improve the lives of LGBTQ New Mexicans.

Equality Scorecards

We hold accountable those who seek elected office through scorecards on issues of importance to LGBTQ New Mexicans.

Laws & Regulations

We work to ensure LBGTQ New Mexicans are aware of current state laws, their rights, and how to defend them.

Elections & Endorsements

We participate in elections through Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) activities, issue advocacy, and endorsing progressive and fair-minded candidates.

Seeking an elected office and our endorsement? Complete the inquiry form and we will be in touch with you.

Recent Policy Achievements

  • Albuquerque Public Schools Trans Student Protections (March 2016)
  • Santa Fe Public Schools Trans Student Protections (March 2016)
  • Las Cruces Public Schools Safe Zones Program (May 2016)
    • Religious Refusals - DEFEATED
    • Teen Curfews - DEFEATED
    • Bullying Prevention Appropriation - Passed House Education
    • Adding Police Officers to Hate Crimes Act - DEFEATED
    • Drivers Licences for Undocumented Immigrants (compromise bill) - PASSED & SIGNED
    • Multiple Bills to Restrict Abortion Access - DEFEATED
    • Safe Schools for All Students Act - Passed Senate Education
    • Carlos Vigil Memorial Act (Bullying Prevention Fund) - PASSED & SIGNED
    • Senate Memorial on Coversion Therapy - PASSED

Current Policy Initiatives

  • ABQ Healthy Workforce Campaign for Paid Sick Leave (underway)
  • City of Santa Fe Bathroom Ordinance Compliance (underway)
  • Affordable Care Act Section 1557 Compliance (underway)
  • Federal Trans Student Protections Compliance (2016-2017)
  • NM Safe Schools for All Students Act (reintroduction in 2017)
  • Bullying Prevention Appropriation (reintroduction in 2017)
  • Statewide Ban on Coversion Therapy (new in 2017)
  • Remove Surgery Requirement for Gender Marker Changes on Birth Certificates (new in 2017)
  • Remove Requirement to Publicize Name Changes (new in 2017)


State Nondiscrimination and Hate Crimes laws were passed in 2003, protecting on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. However, we know that 'legal' equality does not always translate to 'lived' equality. As such, we work against efforts to undermine existing protections for LGBTQ New Mexicans, educate on fair treatment, and continue to be a resource for addressing discrimination throughout the state.

Marriage Equality

In December 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that same-gender couples in New Mexico have the right to marry. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in support of nationwide marriage equality.