LGBTQ Equality Maps Updates: July 2021

Movement Advancement Project
4 min readJul 8, 2021

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

Multiple states took action to partially restrict conversion “therapy”:

  • Michigan’s governor signed an executive directive banning the use of state or federal funds for conversion “therapy.” This does not apply to licensed providers — which do not receive state or federal funds — from engaging in the practice, as in other states.
  • North Dakota created regulations banning state-licensed social workers from engaging in the practice. While an important step, these regulations only apply to social workers and not more broadly as in other states.
  • Wisconsin’s governor signed an executive order banning the use of state or federal funds for conversion “therapy,” similar to Michigan.

Numerous LGBTQ-inclusive bills became law in Maryland. These developments move Maryland from “medium” to “high” on MAP’s Gender Identity Tally and overall LGBTQ Policy Tally:

In Michigan, the state attorney general issued an opinion ruling unconstitutional the state’s requirement of proof of “sex reassignment surgery” to change the gender marker on a birth certificate. We’ve updated our map to show the removal of that discriminatory requirement, but it is important to note that the state does not yet have a new process in place. When that new process is implemented by the state, we will update the map to reflect those changes.

In New York, the governor signed into law the Gender Recognition Act. This law modernizes many state processes related to identity documentation. These developments move New York to the highest state in our overall LGBTQ Policy Tally. The law takes effect in December 2021 and includes:

Setbacks in the States

Advances in Local Communities to Prohibit Discrimination

Local cities and communities continue to make advances in securing vital nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

Comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinances were passed in:

A partial nondiscrimination ordinance was passed in:

  • Apex, North Carolina: the ordinance includes sexual orientation and gender identity protections in employment and public accommodations but not housing

Ordinances to ban conversion “therapy” were passed in:

MAP Updates

Understanding Your Rights in Housing

Zumper, a platform that provides listings of available rental properties and services, unveiled a new feature on July 6th that integrates MAP’s Equality Maps of state nondiscrimination laws. This feature will help prospective renters navigate the layers of housing protections and know their rights as they look for a place to live. See also our similar partnership with Zillow (since 2020) and Trulia (since 2018).

New Report on COVID & the LGBTQI Movement in 2021

We released our latest report in our ongoing work on the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQI movement and allied organizations. This year, MAP is doing a quarterly pulse survey of organizations and will be releasing corresponding quarterly reports. This report is the first in a series that covers Q1 survey results, which asked organizations to summarize and reflect on their experience of 2020 overall and to describe their financial confidence for the coming year.

To see all of our work related to COVID-18, visit the COVID-19 landing page.

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