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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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Sara Whitman

Board Chair

Founder & Executive Director of the Wild Geese Foundation

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Michael Fleming

Vice Chair

Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation

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Chris Maggiano

Treasurer and Secretary

Advisor at the H. van Ameringen Foundation

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Alli Jernow

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program Director at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

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Jennifer Langton

Grants Manager at the Mandel Rodis Fund

Terrence Meck

President & Executive Director of The Palette Fund

Weston Milliken

Luna Yasui

Program Officer at the Ford Foundation

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