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An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing LGBT Americans

Posted on September 14th, 2012 by Dr. Mustanski in Allies, Research Blog. No Comments

  An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing LGBT Americans was created by the Movement Advancement Project as an introduction for those who support and fight for LGBT equality.  It shows the major areas in which unfair laws and stigma can make it harder for us to have an equal chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, be safe in their communities, and serve their country. The guide features maps and discussions of federal and state laws that stand in the way of equal opportunity for LGBT Americans.

The guide talks about how despite all of our gains in the last few years, LGBT Americans are simply still not treated equally under federal law. Contrary to popular belief, federal legislation does not protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, credit or employment—and LGBT people also lack such protections in most states. LGBT workers often cannot extend their health insurance coverage to their partners or children. Without family and marriage tax deductions, LGBT families pay additional taxes but lack access to critical protections that many Americans often take for granted, like Social Security Survivor Benefits. Due to these and myriad other inequalities, LGBT people are more likely to live in poverty and suffer from health disparities.

This is a great document to share with those who want to know what issues laws in the US create for LGBT Americans.  You can download it from our website or from the Movement Advancement Project.

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