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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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2017 Internship Announcement

Apply now for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017.

The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) is a think tank working to speed equality for LGBT people through policy research and analysis. MAP works collaboratively with LGBT organizations, advocates, and funders, providing them with tools, research, and resources to help strengthen their efforts. MAP also provides information and analysis about the health and capacity of the LGBT movement, helping these audiences more strategically apply and coordinate resources for maximum impact.

We are currently seeking a law student interested in working on public policy and/or LGBT advocacy. This internship will be personally supervised an attorney who is excited to help an interested student build their skills and capacity. We are interested in helping a potential intern research a topic they are interested in. And most work product from the internship may and should be used in the student’s own schoolwork. Projects may include local and state-level legislative research, legislative analysis, memo writing, and frequent conversation/collaboration with MAP staff.

A successful candidate will be self-motivated and well-organized. Previous experience with public policy or LGBT advocacy is not necessary, but such interests would be helpful. An understanding of legislative research is also helpful. Occasional, in-person meetings are a requirement of this internship, so strong preference is given to applicants in the greater Boston, Chicago, or San Diego areas.

This internship has a $1,000 stipend, and we look forward to working with any academic institution to insure that the student receives credit for their work. Starting at 10 hours a week, this project has the potential to expand with the student’s interests and desires. Research and work product resulting from this project can support the student’s publications such as articles or a thesis.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Heron Greenesmith at heron@lgbtmap.org.

MAP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, height, weight, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status, or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

Transgender people, bisexual people, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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