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MAP User Access

MAP’s research and resources—including the Equality and Democracy Maps, policy reports, and messaging resources—are free and available to the public. In addition to our public-facing content, we often collaborate and/or share our data with researchers*, other organizations, and others to further support movement work.

For a very limited set of materials, MAP requires log-in access, limited to staff or board members of movement organizations. MAP requires users with log-in access maintain the confidentiality of, and do not publicly or otherwise distribute, any user-only materials. MAP also reserves the right to refuse or revoke log-in access from any individual or organization at any time.

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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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