For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau included questions allowing participants in the Household Pulse Survey (HPS) to identify as LGBT. The HPS is designed to provide quick information about how people in the United States are weathering the pandemic. Data are collected and released every two weeks.

Organizations, including the Movement Advancement Project, have advocated for years to have questions about sexual orientation and gender identity included on federal surveys. Today’s release of data highlighting the experiences of LGBT people is exciting and a reflection of this long-term priority of LGBT advocates.

Toplines released by the Census reveal…


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With a rise in hate violence across the country, a new report from the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) provides a groundbreaking side-by-side look at the limitations and opportunities of hate crime laws. Released in partnership with 16 leading civil rights organizations, Policy Spotlight: Hate Crime Laws includes a foreword by Judy Shepard, on behalf of the Matthew Shephard Foundation.

This analysis comes amid a spike in hate violence against Asian Americans, transgender people, and other communities — and as the country is examining racial justice and racial bias in our criminal justice system.

While responding to hate violence is imperative…


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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…


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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 September 2021.

Important Updates in the States


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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 August 2021.

Important Updates in the States


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A new issue brief released today by SAGE and the Movement Advancement Project, Why LGBT Older People Need the Equality Act Now, details how LGBT older people would benefit from passage of the Equality Act. This legislation would update federal civil rights law to explicitly protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in key areas of life.

Protections for LGBT older people vary across the United States as more than half of states lack laws explicitly prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation. Without…


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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 July 2021.

Important Updates in the States


A note from Ineke Mushovic, MAP Executive Director

I hope you’re staying safe and healthy during what has been a year and a half of many challenges, but also hope. Beyond the pandemic, in 2021, we’ve witnessed some of the most extreme and coordinated political attacks on LGBTQ people in recent memory. Just this year, eight states have enacted harmful policies targeting transgender youth participation in sports while states considered 40 bills to ban transgender youth from receiving best-practice medical care.

While the new Biden administration presents many opportunities for rebuilding our nation’s commitment to equality for LGBTQ people and our families, our small but passionate team knows…


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

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