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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.

Mapping LGBT Equality In America

May 28, 2015

This publication sets out to identify and explain the key gaps in legal equality for LGBT Americans by:Introducing the major state and local laws and policies that protect or harm LGBT people, and providing a breakdown of those laws and policies by state;Showing how protections for LGBT Americans vary based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression;Illustrating how today's legal and policy landscape would shift (and how it would stay the same) if the Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

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.

Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being LGBT in America

September 26, 2014

LGBT Americans have the same worries as other Americans when it comes to paying for healthcare and other needs, finding good jobs, and saving for the future. But the LGBT population -- which includes parents, workers, retirees, people of color, and people with disabilities -- faces another set of challenges that can result in increased economic hardship. Anti-LGBT laws -- at the federal, state, and local levels -- have the emotional impact of telling LGBT people that they matter less than others, that their families and their health are not as important, and that their contributions at work are less valued. But these outdated and discriminatory laws also have serious economic impacts, causing LGBT people to have a harder time becoming financially secure and providing for their families. In some cases, the legal inequality experienced by LGBT people results in lower incomes -- for example, due to employment discrimination or the denial of family tax credits. This makes it harder for LGBT Americans to save for the future or cover basic necessities like rent, food, and clothing. In other cases, these same legal inequalities burden LGBT people with higher costs for needs like housing, healthcare, health insurance, and education.This report describes how LGBT Americans pay an unfair price for being LGBT, and how anti-LGBT laws cause the most harm to the most vulnerable LGBT communities. The report also includes recommendations that would help end the unfair financial penalties that LGBT people in this country face simply because of who they are or whom they love.

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.

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.

Building LGBT Nonprofit Leadership Talent: Thoughts and Suggestions for LGBT Organizations and Funders

November 30, 2009

Offers a model for supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender nonprofit leadership development: define strategic aims and recruit, manage, develop, and retain talent. Includes practical guidance and list of LGBT leadership development programs.