This publication sets out to identify and explain the key gaps in legal equality for LGBT Americans by: Introducing the major state and local laws and policies that protect or harm LGBT people, and providing a breakdown of those laws and policies by state; Showing how protections for LGBT Americans vary based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression; Illustrating how today’s legal and policy landscape would shift (and how it would stay the same) if the Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have the right to marry. To read the report, click here.
Equality Maps provide quick and easy summaries of laws that affect LGBT Americans on a state-by-state and issue-by-issue basis. The maps present information on laws in areas from relationship recognition to employment non-discrimination to anti-bullying, and all information is updated daily. Choose an Issue from the bar on the right or click here to view a Snapshot of Equality.
Policy Tallies provide an overview of laws and polices that exist in each state. The major categories of laws covered by the policy tally include: Marriage and Relationship Recognition, Adoption and Parenting, Non-Discrimination, Safe Schools, Health and Safety, and the Ability for Transgender People to Correct the Gender Marker on Identity Documents. Choose a state from the pull down menu on the right or click here to choose from the map.
For information on our methodology and rationale behind the creation of the Policy Tallies, please click here to see our Frequently Asked Questions.
From the pages of Mapping LGBT Equality in America is a set of shareable infographics, including: ‘Equality Wheel: LGBT Policy Tallies by State,’ ‘Percent of Population Covered,’ ‘State Tallies if the Supreme Court Grants Nationwide Marriage for Same-Sex Couples,’ and more. Click here to view and download the infographics.
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Choose an Issue
- Snapshot: LGBT Equality by State
- Marriage & Relationship Recognition
- Medical Decision-Making Policies
- Family Leave Laws
- Foster and Adoption Laws
- Other Parental Recognition Laws
- State Non-Discrimination Laws
- Local Non-Discrimination Ordinances
- Religious Exemption Laws
- Safe Schools Laws
- Conversion Therapy Laws
- Hate Crime Laws
- Healthcare Laws and Policies
- HIV Criminalization Laws
- Identity Documents Laws and Policies