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Laura E. Durso Archives

Turning Shock and Grief for Orlando into Action

If nationwide marriage equality was ever seen as the end of the fight for full equality for this community, that idea was shattered along with the 49 lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub.

by Winnie Stachelberg, Chelsea Parsons, Laura E. Durso | Wednesday, June 15, 2016

North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic Activity

North Carolina capitolNorth Carolina’s mean-spirited, anti-LGBT legislation could cost the state’s economy nearly half a billion dollars and counting in private-sector economic activity.

by Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso | Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How to Collect Data About LGBT Communities

homelessness survey article icon Fact Sheet Collecting more and better data about sexual orientation and gender identity is essential to meet the needs of LGBT people and their families across the United States.

by Kellan Baker, Laura E. Durso, Aaron Ridings | Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Our Issues Must Be Part of Criminal Justice Reform

Laura Durso and Naomi Goldberg discuss why lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender—or LGBT—people and advocates must ensure that their calls for reform, justice, and accountability for LGBT people in the criminal justice system are heard.

by Laura E. Durso and Naomi Goldberg | Thursday, March 3, 2016

Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless Shelters

Transgender Woman article icon Fact Sheet Tests in four states reveal that transgender homeless women face discrimination in accessing shelter.

by Caitlin Rooney, Laura E. Durso, Sharita Gruberg | Thursday, January 7, 2016

LGBT Inclusion in Sports

Abby Wambach Olympics article icon Issue Brief Study results suggest that professional teams that endorse an LGBT-inclusive vision of diversity in sports are viewed favorably by the public and could gain support from LGBT fans.

by Laura E. Durso, Sarah McBride, Caitlin Rooney | Friday, December 18, 2015

Restoring the Balance

Supreme Court book_alt2 icon Report One year after Hobby Lobby, state legislators, organizations, and for-profit corporations are using religious liberty to infringe on the rights of women, religious minorities, and LGBT people.

by Carolyn Davis, Laura E. Durso, Carmel Martin | Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Why LGBT People Can Still Face Credit Discrimination

play_alt icon Video Learn more about why LGBT people can still face discrimination when trying to access credit.

by Laura E. Durso and Sarah McBride | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Filling in the Map: The Need for LGBT Data Collection

Married couple with daughterFederally supported population surveys need to keep up with the growing visibility of LGBT issues by beginning to routinely collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity.

by Kellan Baker and Laura E. Durso | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Expanding Protections for LGBT People Strengthens Protections for Us All

NYC PrideNew legislation to amend existing federal nondiscrimination laws to expressly include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans will fortify and further protect the freedoms and rights of all Americans.

by Laura E. Durso and Sarah McBride | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Building a More Inclusive National Park System for All Americans

President Barack Obama announces the establishment of a national monument article icon Issue Brief Congress and the president should work to conserve places that better reflect America’s diverse population and help engage new generations to visit and explore their shared heritage and resources.

by Nidhi Thakar, Claire Moser, Laura E. Durso | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Is Bad for Business

Indianapolis business window stickerWith the passage of Indiana’s recent license-to-discriminate bill, the state risks losing more than $250 million and counting in economic activity.

by Sarah McBride and Laura E. Durso | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fact Sheets: Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Protections

The federal government still lacks enumerated nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Congress needs to ensure fairness for all people in every area of life.

by Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, Sharita Gruberg, Hannah Hussey | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

We the People

rally book_alt2 icon Report It’s time for Congress to pass a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill that provides LGBT people and their families the same protections currently afforded to other Americans.

by Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, Hannah Hussey, Sharita Gruberg, Bishop Gene Robinson | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Moving the Needle

Lesbian couple with baby book_alt2 icon Report The Affordable Care Act is making a difference in connecting LGBT people with coverage, but more remains to be done.

by Kellan Baker, Laura E. Durso, Andrew Cray | Monday, November 17, 2014