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LGBT Families: Facts at a Glance

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LGBT Families: Facts at a Glance is a short companion document to All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families. It features key data from the Full Report via easy-to-navigate charts, tables and maps examining key population data on LGBT families; snapshots of how laws in various states hurt children with LGBT parents; summaries of ways in which children raised in LGBT families fall through safety net programs; summaries of ways in which LGBT families face healthcare disparities, unwelcoming health care environments and restrictions in providing care to each other; and more.

Also available: the Full Report, Condensed Version and Executive Summary of All Children Matter.

Recommended citation:
Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and Center for American Progress. October 2011. LGBT Families: Facts at a Glance. (date of access).

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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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