LGBTQ Women on International Women’s Day

Women who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ*) have the same concerns as all people.

  • The top states for LGBT women as a proportion of the total population are: Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. In these states, 6% or more of the population is comprised of LGBT women. When it comes to LGBTQ equality, these states have high ranks in their LGBTQ policy tally scores.
  • LGBTQ women in prison are at a greater risk for their physical safety and healthcare needs being met than all women as a group.
  • Transgender people report often being placed in facilities which do not conform to their gender identity, but rather their biological assignment at birth.
  • Prisons inappropriately use segregation as a purported means of protection for LGBTQ people and people who report sexual assault, which amounts to additional punishment for these incarcerated people.
  • While most survey questions use LGBT and do not include queer, we use LGBTQ to recognize the full range, complexity, and varied experiences of the LGBTQ community.



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