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Ensuring Equality in 2017

A Look Ahead at the Landscape for LGBT Rights at the State and Local Level

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community experienced unprecedented attacks in the 2016 state legislative sessions, yet momentum toward full legal and lived equality continues to build. With popular support for nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people cutting across political lines, and yet with the reality of a more challenging federal and state legislative landscape, how does the LGBT movement continue to achieve success in 2017 and beyond?

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) will discuss efforts to achieve equality for LGBT people in his home state, as well as the larger role of governors across the nation, and panelists will discuss the political and legal realities of the work ahead to achieve comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at the state and local level. To coincide with the event, the Center for American Progress will release a new report about the key components of nondiscrimination and the empirical evidence for driving comprehensive change.

Welcoming remarks:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Gov. Jack Markell, Delaware (D)

Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, District 3, Charlotte City Council
State Rep. Brian K. Sims, (D-PA)
Lou Weaver, Transgender Programs Coordinator at Equality Texas

Laura E. Durso, Senior Director, LGBT Research and Communications Project, Center for American Progress


1333 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


Closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.
If you require ADA-related accommodations for your in-person attendance at this event, please email as soon as possible so that we may assist you.