There are almost 10 million LGBT adults in the United States. LGBT Americans live in 99% of U.S. counties and are racially and ethnically diverse. Like other Americans, LGBT Americans mow the lawn, volunteer in their communities, work, fall in love, have children, and often struggle to make ends meet.
MAP works to uncover how inequitable and prejudicial laws have a negative effect on LGBT people’s lives—and what needs to happen to make things better. So what is it that LGBT Americans want? It’s simple:
Incomes and Jobs. LGBT Americans want the same opportunities as other Americans to earn a living. This won’t happen until employers can no longer legally fire LGBT Americans just because of who they are.
Families and Community. LGBT Americans want to be able to take care of those they love. However, inequitable laws often prevent LGBT people from being able to take time off work to be with a sick partner. LGBT Americans in life-long relationships often are denied a pension after the death of a loved one. And LGBT families with foster children often are unable to adopt and provide a forever home to the children they are raising.
Safety. LGBT Americans want to be safe in their communities. This means walking down the street without fear of harassment or assault. It means feeling safe in public schools, and not being subject to bullying and violence. It also means finding a safe place to worship.
Public and Military Service. LGBT Americans want the same opportunities as others to serve their country and their communities. Social stigma makes it harder to participate in civic groups and run for office. It can make it harder to volunteer. It can make it difficult to serve openly in the armed forces.