Progress Toward Equality
Since the 1980s, Americans have grown more supportive of LGBT people and their equality. Today, overwhelming majorities of the general public favor non-discrimination laws, inclusive hate crime laws, comprehensive anti-bullying laws, and relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples. In addition, states and cities across the country have successfully enacted laws that are improving the lives of LGBT people. These remarkable advances often are forgotten as the LGBT movement continues its work against unequal treatment, discrimination and violence.
MAP tracks and analyzes the LGBT movement’s progress, examining where LGBT Americans stand on the path to equality, the progress made to date, and what lies ahead as the movement continues its work to achieve the vision of equality for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. By tracking the movement’s progress over time, MAP provides LGBT organizations and advocates with the data, information and perspectives they need to evaluate priorities and strategies and determine where to focus attention and resources.
Published by MAP, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Log Cabin Republicans, National Stonewall Democrats, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute, An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing LGBT Americans is a primer that introduces the major areas in which LGBT Americans face challenges in fully participating in daily life, and provides a summary of what advocates are doing to work for change.
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MAP's biennial Momentum Report tracks indicators of the LGBT movement’s success in the pursuit of legal and social equality for LGBT Americans. The 2014 report details the LGBT movement’s incredible recent advances in gaining the freedom to marry, the work left to be done, the relatively slow progress in other areas of LGBT equality, and snapshots of that progress across nine different areas critical to securing equality.
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Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), and Brad Sears, executive director of The Williams Institute, open OutGiving 2011 with a comprehensive look at the movement for LGBT equality—its goals, its progress, its challenges, and where it stands today. (Note: The LGBT Movement Today was developed and presented in March 2011 and reflects state and federal laws and policies at that time.)
A Decade of Progress on LGBT Rights, prepared by MAP and the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr., Fund, tracks 36 indicators of legal and social progress over the decade from 2000-2010, a period of dramatic gains in equality for LGBT people in the United States. By looking at the entire decade, this brief report offers new insights and a broad perspective on where the LGBT movement is today—and how far it came in just 10 years.
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