The Movement Advancement Project is releasing a full, 28-page "Momentum Report" that tracks the LGBT movement, analyzes the current state of affairs, and looks ahead to where we should focus next.
Until the report is released tonight at midnight, however, the organization has published a series of Equality Maps to visually display the state of the movement. A few days ago, I got frustrated trying to keep tabs on all of the different campaigns for LGBT rights in each of the states in the country. I wanted a map that showed me all of the current laws being disputed or proposed on both a state and federal level.
MAP's website is the answer to this need for visual representation of the movement. It shows an "Equality Snapshot" for each state, the size of LGBT populations, the number of openly LGBT public officials, and the states of legislation regarding relationship recognition, employment non-discrimination, housing non-discrimination, adoption, safe schools, hate crimes, and birth certificates.
A few numbers to give you a taste of the depth of information covered by MAP's efforts:
- 158: The number of out public officials in California, the state with the most out public officials.
- 14: The number of states (plus District of Columbia) ranked "High Equality."
- 24: The number of states ranked "Low Equality."
- 6.3%: The percentage of people who are LGBT in the population of Washington, D.C., the highest LGBT population density in the country. The highest statewide percentage is 3.1% in Maine and Vermont (based off U.S. Census numbers that only measured same-sex couples, not necessarily all LGBT people)
- 35: The number of states that still lack employment non-discrimination laws that include gender identity. 6 states have employment non-discrimination laws that only cover sexual orientation, and 16 (including Washington, D.C.) have LGBT-inclusive employment non-discrimination laws.
- 7: The number of states that effectively ban second-parent adoption. Only four states did so in 2001.
The interactive map is really impressive and will prove to be really useful as legislative battles really take off in full force in the next few years.
Update: This post has been updated since its original publication. The initial numbers published on August 2 by the Movement Advancement Project were not finalized. The statistics for the "High Equality" and "Low Equality" rankings have been modified.