Policy & Issue Analysis
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.
LGBT people, particularly LGBT people of color, face higher rates of incarceration and unfair treatment and abuse in the criminal justice system. Learn More
LGBT Americans have the same worries as other Americans when it comes to finding good jobs and saving for the future. But LGBT people also face outdated and discriminatory laws that make it harder for them to become financially secure and provide for their families. Learn More
Job discrimination without legal protection makes it harder for LGBT workers to find and keep a good job, while LGBT workers also receive fewer benefits and pay more taxes, putting them and their families at risk. Learn More
Public policy has not kept up with the changing reality of the American family. Learn how legal and social inequalities hurt LGBT families, and how children of LGBT parents have become collateral damage of laws designed to hurt LGBT people. Learn More
While confronted with the challenges that all people face as they age, LGBT elders also face unique barriers and inequities that can stand in the way of healthy, rewarding later lives. MAP examines how stigma and inequitable laws hurt LGBT elders. Learn More
Transgender Americans are among the most vulnerable to discrimination and violence. MAP examines how the movement for transgender equality is working to secure access to healthcare, employment, shelter, basic legal documents, and other basic daily needs. Learn More