Williams Institute: News and Events

More than two-thirds of residents in every state support protecting transgender people from employment discrimination.

Thirteen states, however, are at or near the level of support needed to adopt such laws, but haven’t yet.

This infographic shows levels of support for transgender-inclusive employment protections in each state, as well as which states do and do not have such laws.


Extending marriage to same-sex couples has generated more support for LGBT rights – not backlash.

In the last 10 years, public support for marriage for same-sex couples has increased across the United States. But the most dramatic drop in anti-gay attitudes occurred in states that legalized marriage equality from November 2012 through July 2013, when study participants were recontacted. In fact, 47% of residents who initially were opposed changed their minds.

That’s almost double the percentage seen in states where marriage equality was not legal during that period. In those states, 24% of residents who were initially opposed changed their minds.

The findings are discussed in a report co-authored by Public Opinion and Policy Analyst Andrew R. Flores and published in Political Research Quarterly. The paper received the 2015 Best Paper Award in LGBT Politics by the LGBT Caucus of the American Political Science Association.

The study answers lingering questions about whether extending marriage to same-sex couples would create backlash against the LGBT community. Instead, the policy actually increases support.


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Coming Out As…

Co-hosted by the Williams Institute and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, this colloquium will explore how the phrase “coming out” has expanded, migrated, and been re-purposed by various marginalized groups, such as transgender individuals, undocumented immigrants, or the plural marriage rights movement.

Monday, February 8, 2016
2-5 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library


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The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World

Williams Distinguished Scholar M.V. Lee Badgett, and UCLA professors Paul Ong and Chris Tilly will discuss how researchers can engage in public debates.

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
12:20-1:30 p.m.
UCLA School of Law


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