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Rights and Justice
The LGBTQI+ Policy team provides timely, strategic resources on policy issues affecting LGBTQI+ communities.
Through data and policy analysis, we examine the effects of discrimination and the misuse of religious exemptions while advocating for comprehensive federal nondiscrimination protections such as the Equality Act.
Our research has clearly demonstrated stark racial disparities in well-being, vulnerabilities, and experiences of discrimination among LGBTQI+ people. We work to show the nature of these disparities and ensure policy responses do not continue to leave LGBTQI+ people of color behind.
Exclusion of LGBTQI+ people from opportunities in education, employment, housing, and health care has material consequences on the well-being of LGBTQI+ individuals. We examine these impacts and recommend responses to policymakers and other key stakeholders.
Good policy demands good research, and the government needs an accurate picture of the experiences of LGBTQI+ people to adequately respond to the issues they face. Expanding and enhancing data collection on sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status in research is a central priority of our team.
Jun 24, 2021
Feb 8, 2021
Shoshana K. Goldberg
Mar 15, 2021
Thee Santos, Caroline Medina, Sharita Gruberg
Aug 18, 2021
Caroline Medina, Thee Santos, Lindsay Mahowald, 1 More
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Oct 25, 2023
J. Egler writes about nondiscrimination protections Congress can pursue for the LGBTQI+ community following the Supreme Court's ruling in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis.
Jul 5, 2023
Drag queen Mari Con Carne leads us through their makeup routine while discussing the issues that the drag and LGBTQ+ communities face today.
Jun 30, 2023
J. Egler, Hai-Lam Phan, Ala Al Sadi, 2 More
Toni Pandolfo, Charlie Schuyler
Join Brandon J. Wolf, Chasten Buttigieg, and the Center for American Progress for an armchair conversation to discuss LGBTQI+ rights, gun violence prevention, and finding purpose and power through tragedy.
Jun 21, 2023
In order to better support all workers—especially LGBTQI+ workers—policymakers must design paid leave policies that are inclusive of chosen family and reflect the diverse caregiving needs of people across the country.
Mar 1, 2023
Caroline Medina, Molly Weston Williamson
A comprehensive new CAP study finds that many LGBTQI+ people continue to face discrimination in their personal lives, employment, housing, and health care, as well as in the public sphere.
Jan 12, 2023
Caroline Medina, Lindsay Mahowald
New data reveal that LGBTQI+ communities encounter discrimination and other challenges when interacting with health care providers and health insurers, underscoring the importance of strengthening nondiscrimination protections through Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
Sep 8, 2022
Caroline Medina explains the importance of enacting the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act.
Jul 11, 2022
The Census Project
Caroline Medina and Rose Khattar discuss the historic House passage of the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act and underscore how comprehensive data collection is critical to better understand LGBTQI+ communities, shed light on persistent disparities, and craft responsive policy solutions.
Jun 28, 2022
Caroline Medina, Rose Khattar
This Pride Month, policymakers and the environmental movement must consider how environmental injustice affects the LGBTQI+ community.
Jun 16, 2022
New data from the Census Bureau reveal economic insecurity and labor market gaps experienced by LGBT people compared with non-LGBT populations.
Jun 1, 2022
Caroline Medina, Lindsay Mahowald, Rose Khattar, 1 More
Expanding and enhancing data collection is critical to identifying and addressing the needs of LGBTQI+ communities.
May 24, 2022
New analysis shows that LGBTQ+ service members and veterans face a bevy of social, economic, and health concerns—while contending with the legacy of discriminatory policies as well as ongoing social stigma and limits to benefits.
Apr 28, 2022
Learn more about the discriminatory anti-LGBTQI+ bills advancing in states across the country and what can be done to oppose these damaging legislative attacks.
Apr 13, 2022
Caroline Medina, Sharita Gruberg
For decades, the U.S. economy has left LGBTQI+ individuals and their families behind, but the Biden-Harris administration can use its existing authority to uplift LGBTQI+ workers.
Apr 8, 2022
Aurelia Glass, Sharita Gruberg, Caroline Medina, 1 More
Research demonstrates legal protections for LGBTQI+ individuals provide significant benefits for those individuals as well as for their broader communities.
Mar 24, 2022
State-level attacks against LGBTQI+ rights are poised to continue in the year ahead, heightening the need for the Senate to pass the Equality Act.
Feb 1, 2022
Sharita Gruberg, Caroline Medina
Sharita Gruberg and Mark Bromley explain why the U.S. Senate must pass the Equality Act and outline why the full and inclusive participation of LGBTQI+ Americans strengthens our democracy.
Dec 13, 2021
The Washington Blade
Sharita Gruberg, Mark Bromley
A Reel Progress Screening and Discussion
Nov 15, 2021
Disproportionately high rates of discrimination in school, housing, and the workforce among young LGBTQI+ individuals negatively affects their well-being.
Nov 10, 2021
Lindsay Mahowald, Edwith Theogene, Han Le, 1 More
Data indicate that disabled LGBTQI+ workers experience higher rates of barriers to obtaining and maintaining employment, resulting in difficulties in obtaining economic security.
Nov 3, 2021
Caroline Medina, Lindsay Mahowald, Thee Santos, 1 More
New CAP data and analysis offer insights into the experiences of people with intersex traits.
Oct 26, 2021
New data and analysis reveal important health disparities and barriers to care for transgender adults and what can be done to address these issues.
Aug 25, 2021
The federal government and policymakers must address health disparities and barriers to care for transgender communities by implementing holistic policy solutions.
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