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LGBT Policy Tally Snapshot

Click on any state to view its detailed policy tally.

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High Overall Policy Tally (12 states + D.C.)
Medium Overall Policy Tally (10 states)
Low Overall Policy Tally (26 states)
Negative Overall Policy Tally (2 states)
NOTE: This map shows the overall equality tallies for each state and the District of Columbia. A state’s “policy tally” counts the number of positive laws and policies within the state that help drive equality for LGBT people. The major categories of laws covered by the policy tally include: Marriage and Relationship Recognition, Adoption and Parenting, Non-Discrimination, Safe Schools, Health and Safety, and Ability for Transgender People to Correct the Gender Marker on Identity Documents.

Sexual Orientation Tally Gender Identity Tally Total Tally

High

11 to 19 8 to 15 19 to 34

Medium

4 to 10.99 3 to 7.99 7 to 18.99

Low

0 to 3.99 0 to 2.99 0 to 6.99

Negative

-5 to -0.01 -5 to -0.01 -10 to -0.01
Note that the tallies look only at existing laws—they do not look at the social climate, nor do they take into account implementation of each state’s laws. The tally also does not reflect the efforts of advocates and/or opportunities for future change. States with low tallies might shift rapidly with an influx of resources, whereas those states with high tallies might continue to expand equality for LGBT people in ways that can provide models for other states.

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

39% of the LGBT population lives in states with high overall policy tallies 9% of LGBT population lives in states with medium overall policy tallies 49% of LGBT population lives in states with low overall policy tallies 3% of LGBT population lives in states with negative overall policy tallies

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High Sexual Orientation Policy Tally (17 states + D.C.)
Medium Sexual Orientation Policy Tally (24 states)
Low Sexual Orientation Policy Tally (9 states)
Negative Sexual Orientation Policy Tally (0 states)
NOTE: This tally includes laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation. 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.

Sexual Orientation Tally

High

11 to 19

Medium

4 to 10.99

Low

0 to 3.99

Negative

-5 to -0.01

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

46% of the LGBT population lives in states with high sexual orientation policy tallies 44% of LGBT population lives in states with medium sexual orientation policy tallies 11% of LGBT population lives in states with low sexual orientation policy tallies 0% of LGBT population lives in states with negative sexual orientation policy tallies

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High Gender Identity Policy Tally (9 states + D.C.)
Medium Gender Identity Policy Tally (9 states)
Low Gender Identity Policy Tally (9 states)
Negative Gender Identity Policy Tally (23 states)
NOTE: This tally includes laws that explicitly mention gender identity or gender identity and expression. “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.

Gender Identity Tally

High

8 to 15

Medium

3 to 7.99

Low

0 to 2.99

Negative

-5 to -0.01

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

28% of the LGBT population lives in states with high gender identity policy tallies 18% of LGBT population lives in states with medium gender identity policy tallies 18% of LGBT population lives in states with low gender identity policy tallies 37% of LGBT population lives in states with negative gender identity policy tallies
 State     
Marriage & Relationship Recognition
Adoption & Parenting
Non–Discrimination
Safe Schools
Health and Safety
Identity Documents
1 Alabama   SO   2/3 2/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -- 2.50 -3.50 -1.00
GI -- 0/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -2/2
2 Alaska   SO   2/3 2/7 0/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -- 3.50 0.00 3.50
GI -- 0/7 0/4 0/2 -1.5/4 1.5/2
3 Arizona   SO   2/3 2.5/7 0.25/4 -0.5/2 1/4 -- 5.25 -1.50 3.75
GI -- 0/7 0.25/4 -0.5/2 -1/4 -0.25/2
4 Arkansas   SO   2/3 2.5/7 -1/4 1/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.00 -1.50 2.50
GI -- 0/7 -1/4 1/2 -0.5/4 -1/2
5 California   SO   2.5/3 6/7 3/4 2/2 2.5/4 -- 16.00 13.25 29.25
GI -- 2/7 3/4 2/2 4.5/4 1.75/2
6 Colorado   SO   3/3 3/7 4/4 2/2 1.5/4 -- 13.50 9.25 22.75
GI -- 0/7 4/4 2/2 3.5/4 -0.25/2
7 Connecticut   SO   2.5/3 4/7 3.5/4 2/2 1/4 -- 13.00 10.50 23.50
GI -- 0/7 3.5/4 2/2 3/4 2/2
8 Delaware   SO   2/3 3/7 3/4 0.5/2 1.5/4 -- 10.00 5.00 15.00
GI -- 0/7 3/4 0.5/2 1.5/4 0/2
9 District of Columbia   SO   3/3 4.5/7 3/4 2/2 3/4 -- 15.50 12.00 27.50
GI -- 0/7 3/4 2/2 5/4 2/2
10 Florida   SO   2/3 2/7 1/4 0/2 0.5/4 -- 5.50 0.25 5.75
GI -- 0/7 1/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -0.25/2
11 Georgia   SO   2/3 2/7 0/4 0.5/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.00 -3.50 0.50
GI -- 0/7 0/4 0/2 -1.5/4 -2/2
12 Hawaii   SO   2.5/3 2.5/7 3/4 1/2 1/4 -- 10.00 5.50 15.50
GI -- 0/7 3/4 0.5/2 0/4 2/2
13 Idaho   SO   2/3 2.5/7 0.25/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.25 -0.50 3.75
GI -- 0/7 0.25/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -0.25/2
14 Illinois   SO   2/3 2.5/7 3.5/4 2/2 1.5/4 -- 11.50 7.75 19.25
GI -- 0/7 3.5/4 2/2 2.5/4 -0.25/2
15 Indiana   SO   2/3 3/7 0.25/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.75 0.25 5.00
GI -- 0/7 -0.5/4 0/2 -0.5/4 1.25/2
16 Iowa   SO   2/3 2/7 4/4 2/2 0.5/4 -- 10.50 2.50 13.00
GI -- 0/7 4/4 2/2 -1.5/4 -2/2
17 Kansas   SO   2/3 3/7 -0.75/4 0/2 0.5/4 -- 4.75 -0.25 4.50
GI -- 0/7 -0.75/4 0/2 -0.5/4 1/2
18 Kentucky   SO   2/3 3/7 0.25/4 0/2 0.5/4 -- 5.75 -2.25 3.50
GI -- 0/7 0.25/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -2/2
19 Louisiana   SO   2/3 2/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 0.5/4 -- 3.50 -3.50 0.00
GI -- 0/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -2/2
20 Maine   SO   3/3 4/7 4/4 2/2 2/4 -- 15.00 6.00 21.00
GI -- 0/7 4/4 2/2 0/4 0/2
21 Maryland   SO   2/3 3.5/7 3/4 2/2 0.5/4 -- 11.00 7.00 18.00
GI -- 0/7 3/4 2/2 0.5/4 1.5/2
22 Massachusetts   SO   2/3 5.5/7 4/4 2/2 0.75/4 -- 14.25 9.00 23.25
GI -- 1/7 3.25/4 2/2 2.75/4 0/2
23 Michigan   SO   2/3 2/7 -0.25/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -- 3.25 -2.75 0.50
GI -- 0/7 -0.25/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -2/2
24 Minnesota   SO   2/3 3/7 4/4 2/2 0.5/4 -- 11.50 6.50 18.00
GI -- 0/7 4/4 2/2 -0.5/4 1/2
25 Mississippi   SO   2/3 0.5/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -- 1.00 -1.00 0.00
GI -- 0/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 0.5/2
26 Missouri   SO   2/3 2/7 0.25/4 -0.5/2 0.5/4 -- 4.25 -2.75 1.50
GI -- 0/7 0.25/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -2/2
27 Montana   SO   2/3 3/7 0/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.50 -2.50 2.00
GI -- 0/7 0/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -2/2
28 Nebraska   SO   2/3 1.5/7 0/4 0/2 0.5/4 -- 4.00 -1.75 2.25
GI -- 0/7 0/4 0/2 -1.5/4 -0.25/2
29 Nevada   SO   2/3 3.5/7 3/4 1/2 1.5/4 -- 11.00 6.75 17.75
GI -- 0/7 3/4 1/2 1.5/4 1.25/2
30 New Hampshire   SO   2/3 2/7 3/4 1/2 0.75/4 -- 8.75 1.25 10.00
GI -- 0/7 0/4 1/2 -1.25/4 1.5/2
31 New Jersey   SO   2.5/3 6/7 4/4 2/2 1.5/4 -- 16.00 8.50 24.50
GI -- 1/7 4/4 2/2 1.5/4 0/2
32 New Mexico   SO   2/3 3.5/7 3.5/4 1/2 1/4 -- 11.00 4.50 15.50
GI -- 0/7 3.5/4 0/2 1/4 0/2
33 New York   SO   2/3 4.5/7 4/4 1/2 0.75/4 -- 12.25 7.00 19.25
GI -- 1/7 1.5/4 1/2 1.75/4 1.75/2
34 North Carolina   SO   2/3 2.5/7 -0.25/4 1/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.75 -1.75 3.00
GI -- 0/7 -0.25/4 1/2 -0.5/4 -2/2
35 North Dakota   SO   2/3 2/7 -0.25/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -- 3.25 -1.75 1.50
GI -- 0/7 -0.25/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -1/2
36 Ohio   SO   2/3 2.5/7 0/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.00 0.25 4.25
GI -- 0/7 0/4 0/2 -0.5/4 0.75/2
37 Oklahoma   SO   2/3 3.5/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.00 -2.50 1.50
GI -- 0/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -1/2
38 Oregon   SO   2.5/3 5.5/7 3/4 2/2 2.75/4 -- 15.75 12.75 28.50
GI -- 1/7 3/4 2/2 4.75/4 2/2
39 Pennsylvania   SO   2/3 3/7 0.25/4 1/2 -0.5/4 -- 5.75 0.25 6.00
GI -- 0/7 0.25/4 0/2 -1.5/4 1.5/2
40 Rhode Island   SO   2.5/3 5.5/7 3.5/4 1/2 1/4 -- 13.50 8.50 22.00
GI -- 2/7 3.5/4 1/2 0/4 2/2
41 South Carolina   SO   2/3 2.5/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -- 3.00 -2.50 0.50
GI -- 0/7 -0.5/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -1/2
42 South Dakota   SO   2/3 2/7 0/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 -- 3.00 -0.50 2.50
GI -- 0/7 0/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 0.5/2
43 Tennessee   SO   2/3 2.5/7 -1/4 0/2 0.5/4 -- 4.00 -4.50 -0.50
GI -- 0/7 -1/4 0/2 -1.5/4 -2/2
44 Texas   SO   2/3 2.5/7 0/4 -0.5/2 0.75/4 -- 4.75 -1.75 3.00
GI -- 0/7 0/4 -0.5/2 -0.25/4 -1/2
45 Utah   SO   2/3 2/7 2/4 0.5/2 -0.5/4 -- 6.00 2.00 8.00
GI -- 0/7 2/4 -0.5/2 -0.5/4 1/2
46 Vermont   SO   2.5/3 3/7 4/4 2/2 2/4 -- 13.50 11.75 25.25
GI -- 0/7 4/4 2/2 4/4 1.75/2
47 Virginia   SO   2/3 2/7 -0.75/4 0/2 -0.5/4 -- 2.75 -1.25 1.50
GI -- 0/7 -0.75/4 0/2 -0.5/4 0/2
48 Washington   SO   2.5/3 4/7 4/4 2/2 1.5/4 -- 14.00 10.50 24.50
GI -- 0/7 4/4 2/2 2.5/4 2/2
49 West Virginia   SO   2/3 2.5/7 0/4 0.5/2 -0.5/4 -- 4.50 0.00 4.50
GI -- 0/7 0/4 0/2 -1.5/4 1.5/2
50 Wisconsin   SO   3/3 4/7 3/4 1/2 0.5/4 -- 11.50 -0.75 10.75
GI -- 1/7 0/4 0/2 -1.5/4 -0.25/2
51 Wyoming   SO   2/3 2/7 0/4 0/2 0/4 -- 4.00 -1.50 2.50
GI -- 0/7 0/4 0/2 -1/4 -0.5/2



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