Study: ’00s a decade of gain for LGBTs
A new report shows exactly how much progress has been made on issues of LGBT rights in the past decade. The “LGBT Movement Advancement Project” and the “Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr., Fund” co-produced the report, which looks at 36 gay rights indicators today – and in 1999.
Matt Foreman is former head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and now heads the gay and immigration rights project at the Haas, Jr., Fund.
Foreman: “You know, it’s so easy to lose sight of the big picture when people are in the trenches fighting, and sometimes losing, for example in Maine or Prop 8 – you tend to lose sight of really how much has happened, particularly at the state level over the last ten years.”
In the last decade, the number of states that outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation jumped from 12 to 22. The number of states banning gender identity discrimination went from just one, to 14.
Foreman says the key to progress in the NEXT decade can be found in the indicators that deal with education. The number of states with anti-bullying laws has gone from 1 to 13, and the number of Gay Straight Alliances across the country has skyrocketed – from 700 … to 4700.
Foreman: “As people go through high school and know their high school had a GSA, and knew that there were out kids, all of that is going to just keep on accelerating. The people that are holding us back now are older people. As more young people come through this much different pipeline, then that is what is ultimately going to tip the scales for us.”
The full report is available at http://www.lgbtmap.org/