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Today the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released a new policy spotlight report, Efforts to Ban Health Care for Transgender Youth. In 2021 alone, legislatures in 22 states have introduced bills to ban best-practice medical care for transgender young people with one state, Arkansas, passing such a bill into law.

This report provides an overview of the legislative environment across the country and the harmful impacts these bills could have on transgender youth. …


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As a result of the uneven and uncertain progress for LGBTQ equality, LGBTQ people in America face an almost incomprehensible patchwork of laws. An LGBTQ individual or family may have high levels of legal equality in one state, while their LGBTQ counterparts in a neighboring state face only hostile or negative laws.

On issues from nondiscrimination to criminal justice to identity documents to health care, MAP’s Equality Maps provide a quick, yet detailed snapshot of the current state of LGBTQ laws and policies at the federal, state, and local levels. As of October 1, 2020, MAP tracks nearly 40 LGBTQ-related…


Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case we’ve been watching closely, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The ruling allows governments to continue to enforce nondiscrimination laws so long as they do so consistently and neutrally. Although a single foster care agency has been granted a license to discriminate and turn away same-sex couples, the ruling does not create a broad new license to discriminate for other agencies.

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia centers on a religiously affiliated child welfare agency that sued the City of Philadelphia to receive taxpayer dollars for its child welfare services, despite the agency’s…


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MAP’s interactive LGBTQ Equality Maps provide a comprehensive look at the current state of laws and policies impacting LGBTQ people across the United States. The Equality Maps offer a state-by-state comparison of the policy landscape and gaps in protections for LGBTQ people across the country.

To keep you informed on this regularly changing landscape, here are the updates as of June 2021, as we celebrate Pride Month.

Important Updates in the States


This year marks the 16th annual #LGBTQFamiliesDay, a time to celebrate the beauty and resilience of LGBTQ families and to increase knowledge about who they are, the challenges they face, and what policies are needed to support them.

What do LGBTQ families look like?

LGBTQ families are part of the fabric of communities across the country. Research finds that LGBTQ parents and their families are racially and ethnically diverse, live in all areas of the country, and navigate many of the same parenting joys and challenges as other parents.

Best estimates suggest that there are nearly 3 million people in the United States who identify as…


MAP RESOURCE

MAP’s interactive LGBTQ Equality Maps provide a comprehensive look at the current state of laws and policies impacting LGBTQ people across the United States. The Equality Maps offer a state-by-state comparison of the policy landscape and gaps in protections for LGBTQ people across the country.

To keep you informed on this regularly changing landscape, here are the updates as of May 2021.

ICYMI: Two New Equality Maps & LGBTQ Policy Spotlight Report About Transgender Youth

In case you missed it, we added two new maps to our Equality Maps, tracking new harmful laws states have enacted that target transgender youth: bans on transgender youth participation in sports and bans on best practice medical…


MAP RESOURCE

MAP’s interactive LGBTQ Equality Maps provide a comprehensive look at the current state of laws and policies impacting LGBTQ people across the United States. The Equality Maps offer a state-by-state comparison of the policy landscape and gaps in protections for LGBTQ people across the country.

To keep you informed on this regularly changing landscape, here are the updates as of April 2021.

Two New Equality Maps Tracking Anti-Transgender Laws

Due to state legislative developments, we’ve added two new maps to our Equality Maps. We are now tracking bans on transgender youth participation in sports and bans on best practice medical care for transgender youth.

Last month alone…


This year marks the 12th International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV), an annual event to honor and acknowledge the transgender and nonbinary community while also raising awareness about the discrimination this community faces worldwide. TDoV is a time to celebrate the resiliency of transgender and nonbinary people, especially in the face of unprecedented attacks by state legislatures across the country targeting transgender youth.

Visit Equality Federation’s tracker of anti-trans legislation across the country.

Many transgender people, particularly transgender women and transgender people of color, still face enormous barriers to their safety, health, and well-being. This year alone, at least 12…


Equality Maps

Across the country, state legislatures have introduced bills that would ban transgender youth from participating in K-12 school sports, and in some cases in college as well. This year alone, at least 30 states have introduced this type of legislation.

LGBTQ Equality Map: Bans on Transgender Youth Participation in Sports

For more than 12 years, MAP has been tracking laws and policies impact LGBTQ people through our LGBTQ Equality Maps. The maps show that differences in legal equality for LGBTQ people vary widely from state-to-state, and even city to city. MAP is now tracking these harmful laws that ban transgender kids from participating in school sports.

In 2020, amid the…


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In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Bostock case that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity were illegal forms of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a federal law that prohibits discrimination in employment. While this decision directly impacts federal employment laws, this decision also has an impact on state nondiscrimination laws and their protections for LGBTQ people.

Just this month, another state nondiscrimination law has been understood to protect LGBTQ people, this time in Texas. In the case of Amanda Sims, who was fired from her job at a community…

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