New Report: How Opponents are Enshrining Inequality and Expediting Discrimination Against LGBTQ People

Today the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released the fourth report in its series, Under Fire: The War on LGBTQ People in America. The latest report, "Enshrining Inequality for LGBTQ People", pinpoints the ways that opponents of LGBTQ equality are eroding existing protections and creating new avenues to allow discrimination.

The legal landscape for LGBTQ people remains a patchwork of protections at the state and federal level. The 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Bostock case improved federal protections against anti-LGBTQ discrimination and the Biden administration has articulated additional protections. However, opponents of LGBTQ equality continue seeking new ways to roll back protections.

The new MAP report outlines four tactics that opponents are utilizing to make discrimination against LGBTQ people legal by carving holes into existing laws at every level of government and codifying the ability to discriminate.

"As a result of these efforts to expedite discrimination, LGBTQ people could be legally fired, turned away from emergency shelters, or even denied basic medical care. In some cases, this is already happening and getting worse. Even when bills are not enacted, these political attacks take a significant toll on LGBTQ people and their families," said Tessa Juste, LGBTQ Movement Building and Policy Researcher at the Movement Advancement Project.

Snapshots From the Report

Tactic 1: Rolling Back Nondiscrimination Protections

Tactic 2: Redefining Sex to Allow Discrimination

Tactic 3: Attacking LGBTQ Families

Tactic 4: Denying Health Care

In recent years state legislatures have introduced a horrifying and record-breaking number of anti-LGBTQ bills. In 2023 alone, state legislatures introduced at least 735 bills targeting LGBTQ people, especially transgender youth. This is double the number of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 2022.

A recent survey showed that more than 1 in 4 LGBTQ people (27%) have considered moving as a result of anti-LGBTQ legislation in their state. For transgender people, that number is even higher, with more than 1 in 3 transgender adults (43%) reporting that they have considered moving.

MAP's report series, Under Fire: The War on LGBTQ People in America, connects the dots on the varied ways that LGBTQ people are under siege from a targeted and coordinated campaign to undermine equality and ultimately erase them from public life. Reports in the series so far include: "Erasing LGBTQ People from Schools and Public Life" and "Erecting Systems and Structural Barriers to Make Change Harder." Forthcoming reports in the series will focus on additional attacks on LGBTQ people.

About MAP: MAP's mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight and communications that help speed equality and opportunity for all. MAP works to ensure that all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities, and participate in civic life.

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