Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans simply want the same chance as everyone else to earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, and take care of the ones they love. MAP's policy and issue analyses demonstrate how current laws stand in the way of this very simple goal. MAP also provides detailed recommendations about what can be done to make things better.Read More
The movement for LGBT equality is making progress, but it requires hard work by organizations, allies and funders. These advocates are more effective when they have information that helps them better coordinate their activities and strategically apply resources. MAP provides information and analysis about the health and capacity of the LGBT movement, helping advocates better deliver results.Read More
Research shows that most Americans simply don't understand the inequalities faced by LGBT people. They also don't understand how these inequalities can adversely affect gay and transgender people's lives. MAP provides messaging guides and resources that can help Americans better understand the disparities facing LGBT people, the need for change, and the importance of action to support LGBT equality.Read More
Unequal treatment under the law can prevent LGBT Americans from being able to fully participate in American life. Gay and transgender employees have no explicit federal protections from workplace discrimination. In nearly 15 states, the law doesn't recognize the relationships of same-sex couples, meaning that they face unfair treatment when it comes to bereavement, family leave and medical decision-making.Read More
Religious exemptions laws jeopardize the security and safety of LGBT older adults, who rely on many religiously affiliated organizations for services like congregate meals, skilled nursing, and health care.
In December 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the landmark case Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This guide offers background, frequently asked questions and topline messages to facilitate conversations about the case.
This issue brief provides an analysis of the legal questions in the case, and the broad legal implications the case will have on people color, women, minority faiths, people with disabilities and others.
This infographic was designed as part of the Open to All campaign and shows how a loss in Masterpiece would open the door to much wider ranging forms of discrimination and a wider array of people facing discrimination. It could lead to the erosion of federal and state nondiscrimination protections across the country. Learn more at www.OpentoAll.com
This report offers an overview of laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. These practices, which may include techniques such as shaming, hypnosis, inducing vomiting, and electric shocks, have been widely discredited and renounced, including by groups like the American Psychological Association. The brief also includes policy recommendations to ban harmful conversion therapy practices.
This report examines how LGBTQ youth who are incarcerated in juvenile detention and correctional facilities face bias in adjudication, and mistreatment and abuse in confinement facilities. LGBTQ youth also lack supportive services when leaving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, often forcing them back into negative interactions with law enforcement.
To help make sense of the current policy landscape in the states, this report looks at legal equality for transgender people across the country. The gender identity tally is comprised of 25 state laws and policies in five key categories: Non-Discrimination, LGBT Youth, Health and Safety, Ability to Correct the Name and Gender Marker on Identity Documents, and Adoption and Parenting.
Several states have proposed legislation to allow businesses to discriminate against customers who don’t conform to the specific religious beliefs that marriage should be restricted to a man and a woman, and that sex should be restricted to such marriages. Learn how to have effective conversations and broaden people's understanding of these laws and how they encourage discrimination against same-sex couples, unmarried couples and individuals, single parents, and others.
Some states have introduced legislation to create broad religious exemptions allowing discrimination in taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care services. Such laws would allow adoption agencies and child services workers to make decisions for children in their care based on their religious beliefs, rather than the best interests of the child. Learn how to talk about these harmful laws which deprive children of loving homes.