Mapping LGBTQ Equality: 2010 to 2020, United States (ICPSR 37877)

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Movement Advancement Project

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Mapping LGBTQ Equality: 2010 to 2020 presented the status of LGBTQ equality at the U.S. state level by examining a policy tally by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), and encompassed nearly 40 LGBTQ-related laws and policies across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories as of January 1, 2020. The report also compared the January 1, 2020 status of LGBTQ policy landscape to the status of those same laws as of January 1, 2010.

MAP's policy tally aggregated these laws and policies to gauge the LGBTQ-related policy landscape across the country. What emerged in 2020 was a patchwork of positive LGBTQ laws and policies, with variations both by region and area of law, as well as growth in both the policy accomplishments and challenges facing LGBTQ people over the decade of observation.

Areas of law and policy included: relationship and parental recognition, nondiscrimination, religious exemptions, LGBTQ youth-related laws, health care, criminal justice, and identity documents.

Movement Advancement Project. Mapping LGBTQ Equality: 2010 to 2020, United States. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-12-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37877.v1

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2010-01-01 -- 2020-01-01

The purpose of this study was to aggregate LGBTQ-related policies and laws to provide a concise yet comprehensive way to gauge the changes in the LGBTQ-related policy landscape across the United States.

As of January 1, 2020, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) tracked nearly 40 LGBTQ related laws and policies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia (D.C.), and five U.S. territories. For each of these policies, MAP assigned a score or point value, and then summed these scores to create a "policy tally" for each state. The major categories of laws covered by the policy tally included: relationship and parental recognition, nondiscrimination, religious exemptions, LGBTQ youth-related laws, health care, criminal justice, and identity documents.

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State level LGBTQ-related laws and policies across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

State policies by year, Other

American Community Survey, 2018;

Adult LGBT Population in the United States, 2018. The Williams Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Policies were evaluated and scored based on their relevance to sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, each state had three tallies: a Sexual Orientation tally, a Gender Identity tally, and an Overall (combined) tally.

2020-12-17

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