LGBTQ Equality Maps Updates: November 2021

Movement Advancement Project
4 min readNov 10, 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 November 2021.

Important Updates in the States

Policy changes in the following states resulted in updates to two LGBTQ Equality Maps: Bans on Transgender Youth Participation in Sports and Identity Document Laws and Policies.

Advances in Local Communities to Prohibit Discrimination

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

Partial nondiscrimination ordinances were passed in:

Local-level bans on conversion “therapy” were passed in:

MAP Updates

Two New Equality Maps

We’ve added two new Equality Maps:

  • Jury service nondiscrimination: this map shows whether state laws prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity in jury service.
  • LGBTQ-related curricular laws: this map shows three different policies related to school curricula, two of which we were already tracking: parental opt-out laws and “Don’t Say Gay” policies. The third new policy is LGBTQ-inclusive curricular standards, which are laws that explicitly require the state’s curricular standards to include LGBTQ people and history.

We also updated our maps tracking LGBTQ-inclusive data collection. These maps show which states chose to include questions about sexual orientation and transgender status in their state surveys in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We’ve now added an icon to the youth data collection map showing which states also ask questions about gender expression.

ICYMI — MAP’s New Initiative: The Democracy Maps

In partnership with One for Democracy, MAP released the Democracy Maps, which track more than 40 laws and policies around the country related to voting and elections. Similar to our Equality Maps, the Democracy Maps offer a roadmap to understand how states vary in terms of election policies, and what drives those differences.

A companion report, State of Democracy: How Election Laws Differ Around the Country, gives an overview of the Democracy Maps and shows that access to democracy varies dramatically by state and region of the country, with more than three in five voters living in states with sub-par Democracy Tally scores.

This report is the first in a series, and the Democracy Maps will be updated in real-time as states enact new policies. Anticipated topics for future research and maps include campaign finance laws, the impact of restrictive policies on people of color, and protections against voter intimidation, among others. Be sure to sign up for our new Democracy Maps emails for the latest information on our democracy work.

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