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Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them

September 1, 2016

During the past decade, the United States has witnessed growing understanding and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and increased legal protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Rarely, however, have the experiences and lives of bisexual people, who comprise more than half of the entire LGBT community, been explicitly considered in the social or legal narrative. Rather, bisexual people are frequently swept into the greater lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community, their specific disparities made invisible within data about the LGB community as a whole.Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them focuses on the "invisible majority" of the LGBT community, the nearly five million adults in the U.S. who identify as bisexual and the millions more who have sexual or romantic attraction to or contact with people of more than one gender. The report provides an overview of current research so we can better understand those who comprise the largest share of the LGB population. It also examines how bias, stigma, discrimination, and invisibility combine to create serious negative outcomes for bisexual people, and it provides concrete recommendations for change. Finally, sidebars throughout the report highlight the lived experiences of bisexual people—and the pervasive discrimination and key disparities they face.

A Blueprint For Protecting Children's Environmental Health

October 1, 2015

CEHN, with the assistance of various leaders in the research, community health, non-profit, practice, legal, policy,economic, and Federal arenas, spent the majority of the last year working on the framework that the field hasbeen seeking for productive action to protect children from environmental hazards. This framework is titled ABlueprint for Protecting Children's Environmental Health: An Urgent Call to Action. This Blueprint is intended to be a high-level resource to assist various leaders in our communities -- and for the entire field of children's health and protection -- to prioritize the needs that are still very prevalent, on behalf of our children. The purpose of this resource is also to leverage those efforts that are showing, or that have a strong potential to show positive return to children and their families living in U.S. communities across the nation. It is our responsibility to do much better for our children.

Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans

February 16, 2015

This report is an introduction to the many issues facing transgender Americans. From high rates of poverty, harassment, violence, poor health, limited job opportunities, and isolation from their larger communities, transgender people, especially transgender women and transgender people of color, are among the most vulnerable communities in the country. The guide includes policy recommendations to address these harmful disparities and to improve the lives of transgender Americans.

Sex Trafficking of Minors in New York: Increasing Prevention and Collective Action

July 1, 2012

The Foundation's funding in Anti-Violence and Safety has helped us to better understand the issues and challenges of poverty and gender-based violence that women and girls have had to overcome. Sex Trafficking of Minors, the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of minors for sexual purposes and profit - is one such critical issue and challenge that occurs when youth are denied valid and viable opportunities to achieve economic security, live violence-free lives, and secure sexual rights and reproductive justice.This report is a culmination of a two-year assessment involving diverse stakeholders and provides a panoramic view of the policies and awareness campaigns that currently exist to address sex trafficking of minors in New York, as well as highlight places where these initiatives fall short.

All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families

October 26, 2011

Calls for legal recognition of LGBT families, equal access to economic protections and health care, protection from discrimination, and education about and support for LGBT families to secure stable homes, security, and health and well-being for children.

The 2009 National School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in Our Nation's Schools

September 14, 2010

National survey of the school experiences of 7,261 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trasngender secondary school students.In our 2009 survey, we examine the experiences of LGBT students with regard to indicators of negative school climate:hearing biased remarks, including homophobic remarks, in school;feeling unsafe in school because of personal characteristics, such as sexual orientation, gender expression, or race/ethnicity;missing classes or days of school because of safety reasons; andexperiences of harassment and assault in school. We also examine the possible negative effects of a hostile school climate on LGBT students' academic achievement, educational aspirations, and psychological well-being. We explore the diverse nature of LGBT students' experiences by reporting on how these differ by students' personal and community characteristics. We also examine whether or not students report experiences of victimization to school officials or to family members and how these adults address the problem. In addition, we demonstrate the degree to which LGBT students have access to supportive resources in school, and we explore the possible benefits of these resources, including Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), school harassment/assault policies, supportive school staff, and curriculum that is inclusive of LGBT-related topics.Given that we now have 10 years of data, we examine changes over the past decade on both indicators of negative school climate and levels of access to LGBT-related resources in schools.

Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults

March 1, 2010

Although largely invisible until recently, LGBT older adults make up a significant (and growing) part of both the overall LGBT population and the larger 65+ population. While confronted with the same challenges that face all people as they age, LGBT elders also face an array of unique barriers and inequalities that can stand in the way of a healthy and rewarding later life. This report examines these additional challenges and how they make it harder for LGBT elders to achieve three key elements of successful aging: financial security, good health and health care, and social support and community engagement. The report also offers detailed recommendations for improving the lives, and life chances, of LGBT older Americans.