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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, making 2020 a year filled with challenges like no other. For individuals and families, workers and businesses, and social change organizations, COVID-19 has upended how we learn, work, and connect. Since the pandemic began, MAP has explored the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on LGBTQ people and other vulnerable groups. Decades of discrimination on the job, in health care, and beyond—combined with uneven legal protections around the country—make LGBTQ people more vulnerable to pandemic-related instability and insecurity, with an even more devastating impact on LGBTQ people of color.

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COVID & the LGBTQI Movement in 2021: Results from the Q2 2021 COVID Pulse Survey

September 2021 - This report presents results from our Q2 pulse survey and shows how LGBTQI and allied organizations have managed amid another resurgence of cases and the Delta variant of COVID-19.


COVID & the LGBTQI Movement in 2021: Results from the Q1 2021 COVID Pulse Survey

June 2021 - This report uses survey data from Q1 2021 and provides LGBTQI and allied organizational reflections on 2020 overall and a first look at expectations for 2021.


Looking Ahead to 2021: The Impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI Movement

January 2021 - This report uses survey data from November 2020 and provides the broadest view of the pandemic’s impact on LGBTQI and allied organizations in 2020.


2020 National LGBTQI Movement Report

December 2020 - MAP’s annual report on the financial health of national LGBTQI movement organizations examines both a fiscal year snapshot and historical trends in revenue and expenses, fundraising, and other indicators of financial health, as well as demographics of movement staff and boards. The 2020 report also includes early reporting on the initial impacts of COVID-19 on these major LGBTQI movement organizations’ finances.


The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTQ Households in the U.S.

December 2020 - This report presents new analysis of a nationally representative survey that finds LGBTQ people are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.


LGBTQ Community Center Survey Report

October 2020 - MAP’s biennial survey of LGBTQ community centers in the U.S., conducted in partnership with CenterLink, examines the centers’ operating hours, budgets, capacity, program expenses, community outreach, policy work, physical and mental health programs, and more. The 2020 report also includes analysis of how, at the time of the survey (mid-2020), LGBTQ centers were responding to and impacted by COVID-19.


Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI Movement

September 2020 - This report examines the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQI and allied organizations.


LGBT Older Adults & COVID-19

May 2020 - Older adults in the United States are at increased risk for contracting COVID-19. They are particularly vulnerable without access during the pandemic to the health care resources and social structures that contribute to overall wellness. This is especially true for the 1.1 million LGBTQ people who are ages 65 and older living across the country.


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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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