State of the States Report

The Bottom Line

The State of the States Report, based on surveys completed by members of the Equality Federation, is a guide to the capacities and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) statewide advocacy organizations, containing information on budget trends, staff and capacity, constituents served, and more.

NOTE: The 2009 report was authored by the Equality Federation. Previous reports were co-authored by MAP and the Equality Federation.

  • 2009 State of the States Report Download
  • 2008 State of the States Report Download
  • 2007 State of the States Report Download
  • 2006 State of the States Report Download


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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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