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Laura E. Durso Archives

A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

People pray in front of the Supreme Court. book_alt2 icon Report Religious liberty protections must strongly protect both individuals and religious institutions, but must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.

By Donna Barry, Sandhya Bathija, Laura E. Durso, Joshua Field, Carmel Martin, and Sally Steenland | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Arizona, Immigration, and LGBT Rights: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Arizona protestorsGiven Arizona’s passage of the anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 in 2010 and the subsequent, significant backlash it faced, Gov. Jan Brewer’s recent veto of S.B. 1062 may indicate that the state is moving in a positive direction on LGBT and immigrant rights.

By Laura E. Durso, Angela Maria Kelley, and Philip E. Wolgin | Monday, March 10, 2014

Affordable Care Act Outreach: Targeted Communication Strategies for LGBT Communities

I Love Obamacare castThis user-friendly guide presents research-based strategies that will aid health insurance enrollment efforts and consumer outreach to different subgroups of the LGBT population.

By Laura E. Durso, Kellan Baker, and Andrew Cray | Friday, November 22, 2013

Business Support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act—Fact Not Fiction

U.S. Capitol BuildingYesterday, with bipartisan support, the Senate opened debate on a bill to protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace, while the House stated its opposition claiming that these protections are bad for business. Here are five fast facts about business support for LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policies.

By Laura E. Durso and Winnie Stachelberg | Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Infographic: Americans Agree on ENDA

The numbers are in: A majority of Americans support finally providing LGBT Americans with protection from discrimination in the workplace.

By Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, and Katie Miller | Thursday, October 31, 2013

LGBT Communities and the Affordable Care Act

Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Tom Harkin article icon Issue Brief New insurance options made available through the Affordable Care Act hold great potential for improving the lives of LGBT people, but only if we connect the community with coverage.

By Laura E. Durso, Kellan Baker, and Andrew Cray | Thursday, October 10, 2013

Seeking Shelter: The Experiences and Unmet Needs of LGBT Homeless Youth

Homeless youth book_alt2 icon Report LGBT youth continue to be disproportionately represented among homeless youth in our country, and their experiences of homelessness continue to be characterized by violence, discrimination, poor health, and unmet needs.

By Andrew Cray, Katie Miller, and Laura E. Durso | Thursday, September 26, 2013

Laura E. Durso

Laura E. Durso is Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Using public health and intersectional frameworks, she focuses on the health and well-being of LGBT communities, data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity, and improving the social and economic status of LGBT people through public policy. Prior to joining […]

Monday, July 29, 2013