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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.


Movement Capacity

Today, more than 500 organizations and their funders and allies are working to achieve equality for LGBT people. These groups are united in their vision of a nation where LGBT people have the same chances as other Americans to earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country and take care of the ones they love. As a whole, the LGBT movement spends about $530 million each year and employs thousands of people in locations across the country.

Achieving LGBT equality requires many different approaches and strategies, as well as work at all levels of society. Some LGBT organizations work to change laws and policies through involvement in court cases, lobbying and elections. Others work directly to serve LGBT people in need, often focusing on those who are hurt or whose opportunities are limited because of social stigma and inequitable laws. Still other organizations work to help educate the American public and change people’s attitudes about LGBT Americans and the need for change.

The LGBT movement’s success will require that LGBT advocates, allies and funders understand the larger movement and work together to strategically apply their resources. MAP provides information and analysis about the health, capacity and focus of the LGBT movement. Our goal is to help LGBT organizations and their allies and supporters understand the strengths and weaknesses of the movement, current levels of activity and funding in priority areas, and where resources are needed most. Additionally, MAP provides tools that LGBT organizations can use to help strengthen their individual capacities in key areas from leadership to fundraising to financial management and more.

MAP Resources


Where are LGBT Americans on the path to equality? Where is the LGBT movement making progress and where does it still have work to do? MAP analyzes indicators of the LGBT movement’s progress toward securing equality for LGBT Americans.

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Advocacy Organizations

Learn about the finances, programs and operating capacity of various segments of the LGBT movement. Our research and analysis includes in-depth looks at national and state LGBT advocacy groups, international groups and programs, and more.

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Community Centers

The biennial LGBT Community Center Survey Report provides a detailed picture of centers’ staff and boards, program priorities, constituencies and services, infrastructure, fundraising, budgets, and technical assistance needs.

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Tools and Primers

MAP offers a variety of resources to help strengthen LGBT nonprofit organizations. Key topics include: how to build nonprofit leadership talent; how to integrate racial justice issues into the work of LGBT nonprofits; how to increase fundraising effectiveness; and more.

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Standard Annual Reporting

Participating organizations can view information available as part of the National Movement Report on the LGBT movement’s finances, human resources, goals and objectives across 39 leading advocacy organizations.

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