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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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Our Team

Ineke Mushovic

Executive Director

Ineke directs the Movement Advancement Project, including MAP's strategic analyses, LGBT movement analyses, and all inquiries into issues of LGBT movement communications. She is a former McKinsey & Company consultant with 20 years of strategy experience, including a successful stint as Vice President of Strategy for a dot-com start-up and as Chief Strategist for an advertising agency. Ineke's nonprofit strategy work includes the YWCA, the United Way, and Impact on Education. She has consulted on LGBT issues since early 2005. Contact Ineke at ineke@lgbtmap.org.

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Naomi Goldberg

Policy & Research Director

Naomi directs MAP’s policy and research. Based in Chicago, Naomi’s work at MAP has focused on the challenges facing LGBT families and workers; issues of economic security for LGBT people; and most recently on LGBT people’s interactions with the criminal justice system. In all these efforts, Naomi has co-authored a series of reports and partnered with leading progressive organizations to increase the visibility of LGBT people and issues within progressive movements and to highlight the need for progressive policy change to advance LGBT equality. Prior to joining MAP, Naomi completed a public policy fellowship at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. She received her master of public policy from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and graduated from Mount Holyoke College. Contact Naomi at naomi@lgbtmap.org.

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Heron Greenesmith

Senior Policy Analyst

Heron leads MAP's regulatory policy, conducts research in support of MAP’s public policy work, and supports MAP's movement analyses. Her work has focused on legal analyses of religious exemption laws and the particular disparities facing bisexual people. Heron is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and American University, Washington College of Law and is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars. She is a board member of the National LGBT Bar Association, a co-founder of BiLaw, a former fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Contact Heron at heron@lgbtmap.org.

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Sean Lund

Messaging Research Director

Sean directs MAP’s work in LGBT movement messaging and communications research. Prior to joining MAP, Sean served for 11 years with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), where he directed the organization’s messaging program and research initiatives, created resources for journalists and community members (including the GLAAD Media Reference Guide), and oversaw movement capacity-building work in the areas of message development and communications strategy. Contact Sean at sean@lgbtmap.org.

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Calla Rongerude

Public Education and Communications Director

Calla manages MAP’s media relations work. Prior to joining MAP, Calla consulted for Freedom to Marry and One Iowa, creating and implementing public education campaigns. Calla served as communications director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she oversaw the communications strategy for California’s historic marriage equality case and worked extensively with ally organizations such as faith leaders, civil rights groups, labor unions, and others. In addition to her work in the LGBT movement, Calla served as a Senior Account Executive with Landis Communications, where she designed communication plans for nonprofit, arts, and higher education institutions. Contact Calla at calla@lgbtmap.org.

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Alex Sheldon

Research Analyst

Alex works with MAP's research team, supporting MAP’s public policy and LGBT movement analysis work. Alex recently received a Master of Arts in International Human Rights and a certificate in Global Health Affairs from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where her research concentrated on the intersections of LGBT movements in the U.S. and abroad, as well as the promotion of health as a human right in LGBT populations. She has designed trainings for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on LGBT identity inclusion in the Middle East and South Africa, and has worked directly with LGBT communities in East Africa and the Caribbean. Alex graduated from Whittier College in 2008 and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Contact Alex at alex@lgbtmap.org.

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Kaleb Stephens

Administrative Assistant

Kaleb works to support the entire MAP team by managing affairs at our Denver office. Before joining MAP, he served as co-director of Pride Alliance, the largest LGBTQ student organization at the University of Arizona. Contact Kaleb at kaleb@lgbtmap.org.

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Molly Tafoya

Director of Community Engagement

Molly leads MAP's community engagement work and provides messaging, media and communications support. Molly previously served as a Senior Field Representative with California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Director of Public Affairs with Early Edge California. Prior to her work in early learning and California politics, Molly worked as the Director of Communications with One Iowa, with the National Center for Lesbian Rights as a Communications Associate, and on the No on Prop 8 campaign as the Online Communications Manager. Molly received her BA from Georgetown University with a double major in Government and Spanish, and a minor in Women's Studies. Contact Molly at mtafoya@lgbtmap.org.

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