research

April 2015
LGBT Policy Spotlight: Conversion Therapy Bans
Movement Advancement Project
Summary: offers an overview of laws protecting LGBT youth from conversion therapy practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. These practices, which may include techniques such as shaming, hypnosis, inducing vomiting, and electric shocks, have been widely discredited and renounced, including by groups like the American Psychological Association. The brief also includes policy recommendations to ban harmful conversion therapy practices.
Click here to view the report.November 2014
Public Attitudes towards Homosexuality and Gay Rights across Time and Countries
NORC at the University of Chicago and the Williams Institute
Summary: Residents in ninety percent of all surveyed countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years.
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October 2014
Out & Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Ages 45-75
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Summary: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older people report high concerns about aging and retirement, a lack of disclosure to their healthcare providers and smaller support networks, but are also more likely to see themselves as mentors.
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September 2014
Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being LGBT in America
Movement Advancement Project (MAP) and Center for American Progress, in partnership with the Center for Community Change, the Center for Popular Democracy, the National Association of Social Workers, and the National Education Association.
Summary: The report documents how inequitable laws harm the economic well-being of LGBT people in three key ways: by enabling legal discrimination in jobs, housing, credit and other areas; by failing to recognize LGBT families, both in general and across a range of programs and laws designed to help American families; and by creating barriers to safe and affordable education for LGBT students and the children of LGBT parents.
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May 2014
A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers
Movement Advancement Project (MAP), Center for American Progress, Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Work, in partnership with National Center for Transgender Equality and Out & Equal.
Summary: The report paints a sobering portrait of widespread discrimination faced by LGBT people in the workplace and documents how LGBT workers continue to face unfair treatment, harassment, and discrimination. Yet they often have nowhere to turn for help. No federal law provides explicit legal protections for LGBT workers, and fewer than half of states have laws that protect workers based on their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
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September 2013
A Broken Bargain for Transgender Workers
Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), in partnership with Freedom to Work, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, and SEIU.
Summary: Transgender workers report unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole (14% vs. 7% at the time the workers were surveyed), with more than four in 10 transgender people (44%) who are currently working are underemployed. Transgender workers are nearly four times more likely than the population as a whole to have a household income of under $10,000 (15% vs. 4% at the time the workers were surveyed).
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April 2013
The Need for an Executive Order
Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Center for American Progress, Freedom to Work, the Human Rights Campaign, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Summary: This brief looks at how an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers would extend protections to an additional 16 million workers, and would cover more than 20% of the U.S. civilian workforce.
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February 2013
New Estimates of the LGBT Population in the United States
Williams Institute and Gallup
Summary: Study released by Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar, Gary J. Gates, and Gallup Editor-in-Chief, Frank Newport, looks at the percentage of adults in the United States who identify as LGBT. The study is the largest population-based survey ever conducted that includes measurement of LGBT identification.
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February 2013
Six Million American Children and Adults Have an LGBT Parent
Williams Institute
Summary: An estimated 37 percent of LGBT Americans have had a child, meaning as many as six million American children and adults have an LGBT parent, according to findings from this national study.
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February 2013
An Executive Order to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT Workers
Williams Institute and the Center for American Progress
Summary: This research brief analyzes the impact of an executive order preventing discrimination against LGBT workers. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers continue to face widespread discrimination and harassment in the workplace. However, no federal statute explicitly prohibits such discrimination.
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July 2012
Securing Legal Ties for Children Living in LGBT Families
Movement Advancement Project (MAP), Family Equality Council, Center for American Progress, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Equality Federation
Summary: In Iowa, gay couples have been able to get legally married since 2009. But the Iowa Department of Public Health has refused to grant birth certificates that list both spouses in a same-sex marriage as the legal parents of newborn children. This is referred to as the “Iowa Anomaly.”
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December 2011
Estimating the Economic Boost of Marriage Equality in Iowa
Williams Institute
Summary: This report estimates that Iowa received a $12 to $13 million boost to the state and local economy of Iowa in 2009 from marriage equality, which added $850,000 to $930,000 in tax revenue to state and local coffers.
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April 2008
The Impact on Iowa’s Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry
Williams Institute
Summary: This study estimates that allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state of Iowa will result in a net gain of approximately $5.3 million each year for the state.
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LGBT recognition in other states
From the Movement Advancement Project