BREAKING NEWS: EEOC rules to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, joining its previously ruled protection against discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled on July 15th that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination. The ruling, approved by a 3-2 vote, applies to federal employees’ claims directly, but it also applies to the entire EEOC, which includes its offices across the nation that take and investigate claims of discrimination in private employment. PFLAG National lauded the EEOC citing Title VII protections on the basis of gender identity in the 2012 Macy decision and embraces this great decision, too. This action means that both gender identity and sexual orientation are protected from employment discrimination because such discrimination would be prohibited under Title VII’s existing definitions of sex discrimination and sex stereotyping.
Urge your U.S. Representative or Senator to cosponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act!
The bill was introduced in the House as H.R. 2449 by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and in the Senate as S. 1382 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), both on May 19, 2015. ECDF would prohibit any child welfare service provider receiving federal assistance and involved in adoption or foster care placements from discriminating against prospective adoptive or foster parents based solely on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, or based on the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved.
Please reach your US Representative or Senator by clicking HERE and use this message:
As your constituent and as a member of PFLAG, I urge you to cosponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 2449; S. 1382), introduced in the House as H.R. 2449 by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and in the Senate as S. 1382 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), which would prohibit child welfare providers involved in adoption or foster care placements from discriminating based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. America’s values are PFLAG’s values and that includes ensuring that safe and supportive homes are available for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Thank you if you are already a co-sponsor of this bill and please consider signing on if you have not yet.
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Update on SNDA – Brief failure by small gap; it’s not over: SNDA was voted down on July 14th on the Senate Floor 52-45 as an amendment to the Reauthorization to the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA) which some recall as No Child Left Behind, and is now titled Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA – S. 1177), which most progressive organizations oppose because as it stands now, it lacks protections for our youth, accountability through data collection by schools to report progress and transparency of reporting to the public.
SNDA lacked only 8 votes, requiring 60 votes in the Senate to pass. Your advocacy paid off and the gap was small at the end and included affirmative votes by Democrats and some Republicans. Thank you for all of your incredibly powerful outreach to legislators on this bill, and PFLAG National will continue to work with coalition partners and legislators dedicated to LGBTQ youths’ safety from harassment and bullying to find other ways to attain this for our families. We will ask you to be part of this as we keep up the fight for our families. In the interim, PFLAG National and its partners also will continue to work with the Administration regarding Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools, to clarify and assert its inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. We will call on you to help with this part of our work, too. Stay tuned to Policy Matters and other PFLAG National channels, and know that it’s not over, and we’re not done.
Caitlyn Jenner Receives Prestigious Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at Espy Awards on July 15th. In her speech she urged her sports peers to join her in creating an environment of respect and acceptance for transgender people. This follows Jenner’s first-in-a-series article on July 6th in WhoSay called “The Real Me.”
Newspaper silences staff who support same-sex marriage. Clay Foster, publisher of Mississippi’s third-largest newspaper, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, who wrote a column attacking the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, sent an email on July 14th informing other managers not to accept wedding announcements of same-sex couples under any circumstances.
DC Gay Men’s Chorus prepares for Cuba trip. Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. traveled to Cuba on July 11th where they were scheduled to perform with their Cuban counterparts. They will be performing in a series of nine concerts in and around Havana with Mano a Mano, a gay chorus, before returning to the U.S. on July 18th.
The New York Times Editorial Page Addresses The Struggle for Fairness for Transgender Workers. The New York Times published an editorial on July 9th about the struggles transgender individuals continue to face in the workplace and the need for federal nondiscrimination law in employment.
Reza Aslan wants Muslims to embrace same-sex marriage. Academic Reza Aslan wrote an open letter to the Muslim community on July 7th, urging people to accept same-sex marriage. Aslan, an Iranian-American author, co-wrote the letter with comedian and Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj.
YouTube star Shane Dawson comes out as bisexual. Dawson came out as bisexual in a video posted on July 7th, on his YouTube channel Shane Dawson TV. The star opened up about his struggle with his sexuality from a young age, struggling with his religious family, an eating disorder and depression.
Study finds Bisexuals have worse health than gay, lesbian or straight people. Professors of Sociology at Rice University published on July 7th that bisexual Americans face higher health disparities than their gay, lesbian, and straight counterparts. Bisexual respondents also reported a higher propensity for smoking and using alcohol than straight or gay counterparts, health risks that can be amplified by the higher rates of poverty among the bisexual community compared with other peers.
Catholic schools fires teacher in same-sex marriage. Nell Stetser, principal of Waldron Mercy Academy, an elementary school in Merion, sent the e-mail July 3rd to say that Margie Winters was out of a job after eight years. “In the Mercy spirit, many of us accept life choices that contradict current Church teachings,” she wrote, “but to continue as a Catholic school, Waldron Mercy must comply with those teachings.”
Episcopal Church to allow same-sex marriages. The Episcopal Church on July 1st adopted a resolution that will allow clergy to marry same-sex couples. Members of the House of Bishops, which is the denomination’s governing body, approved the resolution by a 129-26 vote margin.
Bilerico Project blog closes; PFLAG National says “Thank you, Bil, for being a selfless and brave leading media voice.” The founder of the Bilerico Project, Bil Browning, on June 30th announced that he is ending his LGBT blog that he launched more than a decade ago. Browning was the first non-trans blogger to feature a trans blogger (Autumn Sandeen) and then brought on many more, leading to the trend today seen with bountiful trans-inclusive blogging in non-trans-exclusive space. About closing the blog and continuing the website, Browning wrote, “The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade and so have our lives and the LGBT movement itself. It’s time to turn the page and start something fresh in this new environment.”
Speech class hopes to help trans teens. A new transgender speech class launched by the Northwestern University’s Center for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning in Evanston, Illinois, and the Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Gender and Sex Development Program in Chicago aims to help teens feel more like themselves with the voice of their preferred gender.The speech program, which is named “Be Heard for Who You Are,” currently has seven participants.
Ellen Page to play closeted US Marine in Lioness. Film star Ellen Page will portray Lance Corporal Leslie Martz in the true story of her time in the Marines. The movie revolves around Lance Corporal Martz’s tour in Afghanistan, while being forced to hide her sexuality due to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. Page disclosed that she identifies as lesbian in February 2014.
US Court Refuses to Dismiss Transgender Professor’s Sex Bias Suit. Judge Robin J. Cauthron of the US Western District of Oklahoma ruled on July 10th to deny a motion to dismiss a sex discrimination claim filed by the Justice Department on behalf of a transgender woman against Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Dr. Rachel Tudor is alleging that she suffered discriminatory treatment and a denial of tenure after she announced her intent to transition.
1st Circuit rules Puerto Rico marriage ban unconstitutional. A three-judge panel with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 8th ruled Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. U.S. Circuit Court Judges Juan Torruella, Ojetta Rogerlee Thompson and William Kayatta, Jr., issued their ruling less than two weeks after the Supreme Court released their decision that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country.
US appeals court to hear case of bakery which refused gay wedding. A Colorado US appeals court is to hear arguments in the case on June 7th. The lawsuit against Masterpiece Cakeshop owner JackPhillips was filed by gay couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins, back in 2013, who visited the Denver bakery, and who subsequently posted on Facebook about being refused service.
Courts deal finishing blows to marriage bans in Deep South. Federal courts dealt a series of finishing blows on July 2nd to bans on same-sex marriage in the South following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality. Although the Supreme Court decision means all bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional and gay and lesbian couples have begun to marry across the country, the decision formally applied only to the bans in the Sixth Circuit, leaving other courts to apply the ruling to pending litigation challenging other marriage bans.
Defense Secretary Orders Review Of Ban On Transgender Military Service. On July 13th Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered a six-month review of the military’s policies banning transgender people from serving openly. The “current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions,” Carter said in a statement. Carson now will also have the decision authority for discharges for those who identify as transgender. Bill seeks to end abuse in youth residential programs. U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on July 14th introduced a bill that seeks to prevent abuse and neglect in youth residential programs. The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act would ban these facilities from discriminating against youth based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and other factors. The measure would also prohibit youth behavior modification programs from using so-called “conversion therapy” and other “harmful or fraudulent practices.”LGBT Elder Americans Act reintroduced. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) reintroduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act on July 14th which aims to make additional resources available to elder LGBT Americans. The bill would build upon the Older Americans Act and designate LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population and permanently establish a National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
President Hosts White House conference on LGBT elder issues on July 13th; HUD issues same-day ruling to protect LGBT elders from housing discrimination. President Obama hosted a White House conference on aging on July 13th. LGBT advocates received attention on issues facing LGBT elders during the conference and were included in the programming. On the same day, HUD issued a ruling stating that LGBT elders are protected against discrimination from housing of any kind linked to federal funding.
DOJ announces full marriage benefits for same-sex couples. The Obama administration is set to afford the full benefits of marriage to same-sex married couples — including Social Security and veterans spousal benefits — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex nuptials nationwide, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on July 9th.
White House Says Obama Won’t Back Off LGBT Rights During Kenya Visit. White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest said July 6th that President Barack Obama would not back off LGBT rights when he visits Kenya later this month, despite calls from senior Kenyan politicians that he steer clear of the issue. “I’m confident that the president will not hesitate to make clear that the protection of basic fundamental human rights in Kenya is also a priority and consistent that we hold dear here in the United States of America,” said Ernest.
Boy Scouts To End Gay Leadership Ban: The Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee voted unanimously the first week of July to end the ban on gay leadership within the group. A final vote of the entire board is set for July 27th, and all changes will be implemented immediately.
Department of Justice rules trans students have right to use appropriate bathrooms. The July 3rd decision was in response to a federal lawsuit from trans student Gavin Grimm, the first trans person to sue for bathroom rights in a federal court. The Department of Justice ruled that not allowing trans students access to the appropriate facilities would be considered sex discrimination.
Kansas:Kansas Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages But Not Same-Sex Couples’ State Tax Filings. On July 7th, Kansas state agencies recognized same-sex couples’ marriages when issuing identification and enrolling people in state-run health insurance plans, but not on state tax filings. Gov. Sam Brownback then issued an executive order that prevents state government from taking action against clergy or religious groups — including those providing social services — that refuse services due to their moral objection to same-sex couples who marry.
Kentucky: Kentucky governor won’t allow clerks to opt out of gay marriages. After unsuccessfully defending his state’s ban on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said July 9th that despite any religious objections county clerks in his state must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Louisiana: Louisiana Governor yields on same-sex marriage in Louisiana. After fighting to the furthest extent possible against the U.S. Supreme Court, the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal announced on July 2nd it would begin to recognize same-sex marriages. Jindal is facing litigation filed by American Civil Liberties Union over his religious freedom executive order allowing individuals to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage, including for the purposes of anti-LGBT discrimination.
Massachusetts: Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Antigay Discrimination at Walmart. Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart on July 14th. One of the plaintiffs is Jaqueline Cote, a Massachusetts Walmart employee who was denied the ability to put her female spouse, Diana Smithson, on her medical plan — Walmart’s rules meant that the couple was hit with a $150,000 medical bill when Smithson developed cancer.
Maryland: Equality Maryland faces uncertain future. Isabella Firth and Stephanie Bernstein, chair of the Equality Maryland board of directors, announced June 30th that the organization may close later this month because of a budget shortfall. Firth told the Washington Blade that the board will meet in the coming weeks to determine the organization’s future.Missouri: Missouri County Plans To Rescind Its Decision To Lower Flags Over SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling. Elected officials in Dent County, Missouri, were so upset over the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage that they voted July 13th to lower flags “just below half staff” once a month for the next year in a public show of mourning. Due to a widespread petition in opposition to the vote, the next day the commission announced that they would hold a special session this week to rescind the order “out of respect for veterans and those currently serving in the military.”Virginia: Fairfax County School District approves LGBT-supportive curriculum. The Fairfax County School Board voted 10-2 on June 25th to amend the school system’s Family Life Education Curriculum to add lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity that stress support for diversity and respect for LGBT students. Local PFLAG members were actively engaged in leading this successful campaign.
West Virginia: DMV changes photo policy after transgender women threaten lawsuit. The West Virginia DMV will no longer dictate how transgender residents can dress for driver’s license photos, reversing a policy that many LGBT advocates consider unconstitutional. The state formally changed its policy July 1st after three transgender women threatened to sue, saying they were harassed or forced to remove makeup while trying to update their driver’s license last year.
Angela Merkel says same-sex married couples should not call their unions ‘marriage.’ German chancellor Angela Merkel, on July 14th said that while she agrees same-sex couples should get marital benefits, she does not believe a civil partnership should be called marriage. Merkel, who earlier this year ruled out same-sex marriage in Germany, has now said legally she supports it but that she would want it to be called something else.
Australian States Are Slowly Reforming Laws Around Legal Gender Transitions. As of July 14th, In most Australian states and territories, transgender people must have surgery before they can change the sex on their birth certificate. Passports are dealt with by the Australian federal government, which has a set of guidelines for gender and sex recognition that are much less stringent than most states. Earlier this year, a report from the Australian Human Rights Commission called for all states and territories to make it easier for people to change their gender on government records.
LGBT Activist Believes Catholic Church “Has Put Itself On Our Side” After Meeting With Pope Francis. Simón Cazal, the first LGBT activist to be invited to a public meeting with Pope Francis, left the encounter July 11th in Paraguay feeling that the pope had issued a strong call for the country’s church to be more inclusive. “Diversity is the way that societies get better,” Cazal quoted the pope as saying during the “roundtable” in Paraguay’s capital which included 1,600 leaders from civil society.
Spain celebrates 10 years of same-sex marriage. July 11th marks ten years since Spain first allowed same-sex couples to tie the knot. The country became one of the most progressive in Europe in 2005, when its newly-elected Socialist government moved to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption.
Australia’s Long Road To Marriage Equality May Almost Be At An End. Spurred by the victories in Ireland and the US, same-sex couples in Australia are increasingly hopeful of reform. As of July 10th, it is clear that the public wants change, and advocates appear to be winning a long-running war of attrition against a diminishing opposition. A cross-party bill to be introduced in August, marks the most significant development yet.
Chilean same-sex couples seek civil union licenses. Same-sex couples throughout Chile on July 9th began applying for licenses that would allow them to enter into civil unions. This was the first day that same-sex couples could apply for a license under the country’s civil unions law that President Michelle Bachelet signed in April. The statute will fully take effect on October 22nd.
European Parliament adds LGBT rights to neighbourhood policy. The European Parliament on July 9th adopted LGBT rights into a policy which organizes relationships between the EU and its Eastern and Southern neighbours. The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) now includes a “need to focus on strengthening and consolidating … respect for diversity and the rights of minorities, including … the rights of LGBTI persons.”
Italian Minister Enacts Hunger Strike To Support Legalization Of Same-Sex Civil Unions. Ivan Scalfarotto, Italy’s first out gay minister, as of July 9th has been on a hunger strike since June 29th to support the legalization of same-sex civil unions in the country. Scalfarotto has been leading Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s efforts to get a civil union bill through parliament.
Russia unveils ‘straight pride’ flag. On July 8th the Moscow branch of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party created a ‘flag for straights’ featuring a nuclear family with a mother, father and three children. The hashtag on the flag reads “#realfamily”.
Munich adds same-sex couples’ images on traffic lights. On July 8th the city of Munich introduced a same-sex couples version of the city’s traffic lights, just in time for the city’s Pride celebrations on July 11th. The new lights installed at pedestrian crossings show gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples waiting patiently together at the signals or crossing the road hand-in-hand.
Ireland Moves Toward Employment Protections for LGB Teachers. Ireland’s government passed an amendment on July 7th to the Employment Equality Act that would allow LGB employees working in religious-run organizations, such as schools and hospitals, to be out at work without fear of being fired. The bill passed the first half of the two-chamber Irish legislature, the Seanad, but still has to still pass the final stage in the Dáil before it can become law.
Poll finds Northern Ireland now overwhelmingly supports same-sex marriage. The Ipsos MORI survey on July 7th found 68% of people in the country now support same-sex marriage, even higher than the 62.1% who voted Yes in the Republic of Ireland. Despite the introduction of same-sex marriage in England, Scotland and Wales, the DUP government in Northern Ireland continues to block all legislation on the issue.
Italian court rules that marriage of French lesbian couple should be recognized. In a landmark judgement the second week of July, the Court of Appeal of Naples ordered to register the marriage of two French women, including full recognition of the rights attached to marriage. The Court made clear, however, that the recognition would not hold for an Italian couple that entered into a marriage or registered partnership abroad. Currently Italy has no form of recognition for same-sex couples.
Deputy Kenyan president says LGBT activists should leave country. Deputy Kenyan President William Ruto on July 5th said LGBT rights advocates should leave his country. The Standard, a Kenyan newspaper, reported that Ruto made the comments during a speech at a Nairobi church in which he dismissed last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the United States.
First marriage equality lawsuit begins in Korea. The lawsuit, which was heard behind closed doors in the Seoul Western District Court on July 6th. Filed by Kim-Jho Gwang-soo, a film director and LGBT activist and Kim Seung-hwan, a head of the Rainbow Factory production company, the lawsuit is the first of its kind to be filed in Korea. The couple were the first to hold a public wedding in the Asian nation, where same-sex marriage remains a taboo.
Australia’s National Rugby League comes out for equal marriage. The Australian National Rugby League officially endorsed same-sex marriage on July 4th, amid mounting pressure on the issue. The Australian Parliament has voted down same-sex marriage on a number of occasions, partly due to the opposition of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party. However, he is under pressure to allow a free vote on the next bill on the issue.
U.S. and Cuba reopen embassies. The U.S. and Cuba on July 1st announced they will restore full diplomatic relations later this month with the reopening of embassies in their respective capitals. Alain Darcout, a gay Cuban psychologist and doctor who advocates for LGBT rights on the island said he feels full diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba will benefit both countries.
Russian government blocks play on Oscar Wilde trials. Russian authorities on July 1st blocked a Moscow theater company from staging a production of a play based on Oscar Wilde’s indecency trials over his relationships with other men. The Moscow New Drama Theater had been scheduled to stage the Tectonic Theater Project’s “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” in the Russian capital in October.
Poll finds 87 percent of Nigerians back anti-marriage law. A new poll released on June 30th indicates the vast majority of Nigerians support their country’s draconian law that punishes those who enter into a same-sex marriage. The survey conducted by NOI Polls, the Bisi Alimi Foundation and the Initiative for Equal Rights in Nigeria with the support of GLAAD notes that 87 percent of the 1,000 adult Nigerians surveyed earlier this year support the “Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law” that then-President Goodluck Jonathan signed in January 2014.
Virgin Islands to allow same-sex marriage. The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands on June 30th said his administration would comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said same-sex couples have the right to marry throughout the country.
Dominican HIV/AIDS groups work to end stigma. More than two dozen young LGBT Dominicans who are affiliated with Este Amor, a local HIV/AIDS service organization, on June 20th welcomed several journalists from the U.S. and Latin America. Este Amor, which is based in La Romana, the country’s third largest city that is roughly 75 miles east of Santo Domingo near the resort of Casa de Campo, formed in June 2012 to combat the HIV epidemic in the eastern Dominican Republic.
Dominican LGBT advocate seeks elected office. A prominent Dominican LGBT rights advocate declared his candidacy for the Santo Domingo Municipal Council. The Citizens Movement, a group that seeks to increase the number of Dominican civil society members who participate in the country’s political process, on June 8th announced that Deivis Ventura, coordinator of the Amigos Siempre Amigos Network of Volunteers, which is based in the Dominican capital, is a candidate for the legislative body.
1. On July 26th, watch the premiere of “I am Cait” on E!
Caitlyn Jenner’s docuseries I Am Cait! premieres on E! Entertainment Television on July 26th at 8 PM ET, and re-airs at 10 PM ET. PFLAG National is proud to be included as a top family resource on Jenner’s brand new website. Visit the resource page here: caitlynjenner.com/resources/#children
2. August 1st-September 15th, join or promote “America’s Journey for Justice” to restore voting rights in the U.S. from Alabama (Aug. 1st) to Washington, DC (Sep. 15th) – short distance or long haul.
PFLAG National supports the NAACP-spearheaded historic march for voting rights.
Logistics: 860-mile march, eight weeks — 40 days and 40 nights — from Alabama (Aug. 1st) to Washington, DC (Sep. 15th), through GA, SC, NC, and VA. — March for an hour, day, city, state, or more, or help PFLAG National promote on social media. Details to follow!
Background: PFLAG National supports “America’s Journey for Justice” and is a partner through its membership in the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights On June 17th, 2015, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks announced a historic march called “America’s Journey for Justice” to restore voting rights in this country. The 860-mile journey – 40 days and 40 nights – will begin in Alabama, the state that brought the Shelby case to the Supreme Court resulting in a key section of the Voting Rights Act (Section 4) being struck down by the Court. Over the course of eight weeks, the NAACP will hold a series of demonstrations, teach-ins and trainings from Selma, Alabama, on August 1st to Washington, D.C., on September 15th – through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia– to bring attention to the vulnerable communities who are victims of regressive voting rights tactics and many other injustices.
The march will include a broad coalition of partners including the Democracy Initiative, Communications Workers of America, Common Cause, NAACP Legal Defense Fund,National Action Network, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation,The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1199 SEIU, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Sierra Club, National Bar Association, and Black Women’s Roundtable and National Congress of Black Women.
Stay tuned for more from PFLAG National about how you can be part of this exciting historic event.
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Dear Policy Matters, I was hoping to find out more information on the current status of transgender rights across the country and in each individual state. Are there any resources that you could recommend? Thank you. Sincerely,Interested and Uninformed Dear IAU, Thank you for your question, and yes, we can recommend some resources that show you the status of rights and protections on the basis of gender identity or expression, which are the terms used to include transgender people explicitly. The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) has a new helpful infographic that provides statistics, information, grades — assigning those grades by analyzing the number and extent of helpful or harmful laws affecting transgender people in each state.
To give you a snapshot, the tally by MAP shows that, when including only laws or policies that offer gender identity or expression protections:
- 9 states plus DC have a high policy tally
- 9 states have a medium policy tally
- 9 states have a low policy tally
- 23 states have a negative policy tally
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also has a very helpful question and answer webpage that provides an in-depth look at specific rights and protections for transgender people.