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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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Unjust: Blog Posts and Media Coverage

Launched in February 2016, Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People provides in-depth analyses of how LGBT people interact with the criminal justice system and calls for reforms to improve justice for all people in the United States, including LGBT people and people living with HIV, and particularly people of color.

Check out these blogs from organizations and individuals around the country highlighting criminal justice issues and the LGBT community. If you’d like to have a blog post listed here, email it to us at info@lgbtmap.org. Check back for frequent updates!

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