While the recent Movement Advancement Project report discusses many advances in the LGBT movement, there may be significant cause for concern.
Lisa Keen of Keen News Service reports that a presentation in March provided by MAP Executive Director Ineke Mushovic and Williams Institute Executive Director Brad Sears at the invitation-only, closed to the press OutGiving conference was more blunt than the report, stating that the movement "may be hitting a wall in some areas," and that, in many states, there has been "little progress" toward passing non-discrimination laws.
Sears said that things are not improving equally across the country, and more focus is needed on Texas, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Arizona.
Most of the $574 million in contributions during 2009 went to health services and community center programs, while only 33% went to advocacy, 6% to legal challenges, and 2% to public education. In addition, revenue to LGBT groups dropped by 20% in 2009.
Keen highlighted the report's statement that only 3.4 percent of LGBT people made a contribution to a national LGBT group in 2009, and anti-LGBT groups have more than three times the revenue of pro-LGBT groups.
The MAP report also notes that HIV infection is still a growing concern among men having sex with men, the poverty rate among lesbians is 80% percent higher than that of straight women; median household income of same-sex couples with children is 23% less than their straight counterparts, and 53% of LGBT people live in states where there is no legal recognition of their relationships.
Nonetheless, the report concludes that "strong and growing public and political support, along with a growing list of legislative successes, shows that momentum is on the side of progress."