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LGBT Nonprofits and Their Funders in a Troubled Economy

The Bottom Line

Following a decade of tremendous growth, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement organizations experienced declines in revenue and significant fundraising challenges amid the economic downturn that began in 2008. The 2009 LGBT Nonprofits and Their Funders in a Troubled Economy report found that nearly 60% of LGBT nonprofits missed budget projections for the second half of 2008 and took a variety of operational and programmatic actions to cope with declining revenues. The organizations voiced optimism, however, that they would be able to weather the storm by allocating the bulk of their dollars to mission-critical activities and aggressively managing costs.

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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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