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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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Logan Casey

Policy Researcher

Logan conducts policy research and leads MAP’s movement capacity research. In his role as policy researcher, Logan creates accessible and persuasive policy content, manages the LGBT Equality maps tracking state and local progress, and conducts analyses of movement capacity. Prior to joining MAP, Logan was a Research Associate for the Harvard Opinion Research Program, where he was the deputy director on a polling series about discrimination in America, among other projects. He earned his Ph.D. in political science in 2016 from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where his research focused on the influence of emotions in public opinion toward LGBT people and issues. Contact Logan at logan@lgbtmap.org.

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Naomi Goldberg

Policy & Research Director

Naomi directs MAP’s policy work and movement capacity research. Based in Ann Arbor, 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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Sean Lund

Messaging Research Director

Sean directs MAP’s messaging and communications research. Based in Los Angeles, Sean has led the development of MAP research and resources for effective persuasion on a wide range of issues, including LGBT nondiscrimination protections, public accommodations access for transgender people, harmful religious exemptions laws, marriage for same-sex couples, adoption by LGBT parents, safe messaging around suicide and LGBT populations, and more. Prior to joining MAP, Sean served for 11 years with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), where he led the organization’s movement capacity-building work in the areas of messaging and communications strategy. Contact Sean at sean@lgbtmap.org.

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Calla Rongerude

Public Education and Communications Director

Calla manages MAP’s communications and public education work, and is the campaign manager for Open to All. Calla has 15 years experience creating and implementing communications and public education campaigns on a wide array of issues ranging from nonprofit, arts, higher education and equal rights. She has worked extensively in coalitions, including with civil rights groups, faith leaders and advocacy organizations. Contact Calla at calla@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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