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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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LGBT People Raising Children

United States Map
Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire
  • 20%+ LGBT population raising children(46 states)
  • 16% - 19% LGBT population raising children (2 states)
  • Under 15% LGBT population raising children (2 states + D.C.)
This map shows the percent of LGBT people raising children based on data from Gallup and analyzed by the The Williams Institute. For more information, contact The Williams Institute.
State Percent of LGBT Pop Raising Children
Alabama 35%
Alaska 26%
Arizona 27%
Arkansas 31%
California 30%
Colorado 31%
Connecticut 20%
Delaware 23%
District of Columbia 15%
Florida 26%
Georgia 29%
Hawaii 41%
Idaho 42%
Illinois 25%
Indiana 33%
Iowa 28%
Kansas 41%
Kentucky 33%
Louisiana 29%
Maine 26%
Maryland 26%
Massachusetts 26%
Michigan 31%
Minnesota 20%
Mississippi 44%
Missouri 30%
Montana 24%
Nebraska 33%
Nevada 39%
New Hampshire 16%
New Jersey 36%
New Mexico 28%
New York 27%
North Carolina 26%
North Dakota 0%
Ohio 28%
Oklahoma 34%
Oregon 30%
Pennsylvania 27%
Rhode Island 31%
South Carolina 32%
South Dakota 31%
Tennessee 26%
Texas 31%
Utah 26%
Vermont 24%
Virginia 25%
Washington 29%
West Virginia 29%
Wisconsin 18%
Wyoming 0%


Data current as of 02/23/2017
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