DENVER, CO—The latest advances in equality—such as marriage for gay couples in New York, certification of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal, and the passage of transgender-inclusive non-discrimination protections in Connecticut—are fueling optimism about the pace of change for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; at the same time, LGBT Americans in the majority of states still face inequities, hardships, and laws that are hostile to their well-being, according to the new Momentum Report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP).
“There has been a tremendous amount of important progress over the last few years,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of MAP. “But the kind of momentum we’re seeing can be a double-edged sword. While it has provided vital protections for gay and transgender people and their families, it can also bring with it a risk of complacency, and potentially the false belief that LGBT people are actually equal.”
MAP’s 2011 Momentum Report, available online at http://www.lgbtmap.org/momentum-report, finds significant advances in equality for LGBT people since the beginning of 2009 across a number of key areas, including:
The Momentum Report also highlights some of the most significant inequities LGBT people continue to face amid this progress, both in specific regions and across the U.S.:
“The advances since 2009 give us good reason to be optimistic,” Mushovic said. “But we must be careful to not allow this accelerating progress to obscure the experiences of millions of gay and transgender Americans who still live in daily fear of being unfairly fired from their jobs, enduring harassment or physical violence, facing a medical crisis without their partner standing by, or losing custody of a child, just because of who they are.”
In conjunction with the release of the Momentum Report, MAP unveiled its new web-based Equality Maps (available online at www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps), which provide up-to-date information on the status of state laws across a wide range of issues.
ABOUT THE MOMENTUM REPORT
MAP’s biennial Momentum Report measures progress toward the LGBT movement’s goal of equal opportunities, rights and responsibilities for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The report measures four broad areas of progress: changes in the social and political climate, progress on key policy issues, improvements in the lived experiences of LGBT Americans, and the strength and capacity of LGBT movement organizations.
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MAP's mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight and communications that help speed equality and opportunity for all. MAP works to ensure that all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities, and participate in civic life.