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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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National LGBT Movement Report

The Bottom Line

The National LGBT Movement Report, published annually by MAP, examines revenue and expenses, fundraising and fundraising efficiency, and other indicators of financial health for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) social justice advocacy, legal, public education, research and academic organizations.

  • 2011 National LGBT Movement ReportDownload
  • 2010 National LGBT Movement ReportDownload

Abstract

The 2011 National LGBT Movement Report provides a comprehensive snapshot of the financial health of LGBT social justice advocacy organizations. The 40 organizations examined for the 2011 report collectively represent 71% of the budgets of all LGBT social justice advocacy organizations. Among the key findings in the 2011 report:

Revenue and Expenses. The overall financial health of the LGBT movement remains strong. Following a steep 25% decline in revenue from 2008 to 2009, LGBT movement organizations' finances stabilized in 2010, with combined revenues exceeding expenses by $4.6 million—a reversal from 2009, when expenses outpaced revenues by nearly the same amount. Participating organizations are projecting expense budget increases of 13% for 2011.

Fundraising and Fundraising Efficiency. Contributions from individual donors dipped 14% in 2010, and foundation contributions also declined slightly (2%). However, increases in corporate giving (41%), bequests (30%), in-kind contributions (12%), event revenue (6%) and revenue from other sources (126%) offset these declines. Additionally, fundraising operations continue to be efficient, with only 11% of expenses spent on fundraising, and 79% going directly to programs and services—surpassing benchmarks of the American Institute of Philanthropy and Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

Other Indicators of Financial Health. Other indicators remain strong. Increases in revenue and decreases in expenses have allowed organizations to increase cash and shore up working capital. The average organization had nearly seven months of working capital in 2010.

The report also looks at the staff and boards of LGBT social justice advocacy organizations. LGBT organizations’ paid staff is roughly representative of the broader U.S. population, with 32% identifying as people of color and 48% identifying as women. Six percent of staff identify as transgender.


2011 Participating Organizations

ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project
Audre Lorde Project, Inc.
CenterLink
Council for Global Equality
Empire State Pride Agenda
Equality California
Equality Federation
Equality Forum
Family Equality Council
Freedom to Marry
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Human Rights Campaign and Foundation (HRC)
Immigration Equality
In the Life Media
Keshet
Lambda Legal
Log Cabin Republicans
MassEquality
National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
National Coalition for LGBT Health
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
The Palm Center
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Point Foundation
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Soulforce
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
The Task Force
Transgender Law Center
The Trevor Project
(One organization preferred not to be listed.)

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