Rights and Justice

LGBTQI+ Research and Communications Project

The LGBTQI+ Research and Communications Project provides timely, strategic resources on policy issues affecting LGBTQI+ communities.

Participants hold up their fists prior to the start of the 46th annual Gay Pride march, June 26, 2016 in New York. (Getty/Bryan R. Smith/AFP)

What We're Doing

Expanding legal and lived equality for LGBTQI+ people

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.

Advancing racial equity in LGBTQI+ policy

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.

Improving LGBTQI+ health and economic security

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.

Enhancing data collection from LGBTQI+ people

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.

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Shoshana K. Goldberg

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Act Now: LGBTQ Rights Are Still Under Threat

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Connecting the Dots: How the Trump Administration Misuses Religious Freedom To Create a License To Discriminate Video

Connecting the Dots: How the Trump Administration Misuses Religious Freedom To Create a License To Discriminate

This video examines how the Trump administration is expanding religious exemptions in an attempt to gut civil rights protections and codify discrimination against people of minority faiths, women, and people who are LGBTQ.

Maggie Siddiqi, Kurt Mueller, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, 1 More Sharita Gruberg

Going Bold to Protect LGBTQ Equality Video
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Going Bold to Protect LGBTQ Equality

The Equality Act would help to ensure that all Americans, including LGBTQ people, receive full equality under the law.

Laura E. Durso, Kurt Mueller, Jasmine Hardy

Faith Leaders Rally in Support of the Equality Act Video

Faith Leaders Rally in Support of the Equality Act

Faith leaders across the United States are showing support for the Equality Act, a bill that would grant members of the LGBTQ community consistent protections.

Kurt Mueller, Emily London, Rob Keithan, 1 More Laura E. Durso

Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Took a Foster Child From Her Loving Foster Dads Video

Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Took a Foster Child From Her Loving Foster Dads

John Freml—whose foster daughter was taken from his home—is one of a growing number of LGBTQ individuals who has faced discrimination in adoption and foster care.

Jasmine Hardy, Frank J. Bewkes

How Masterpiece Cakeshop Can Undermine Civil Rights Video

How Masterpiece Cakeshop Can Undermine Civil Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court could undermine civil rights for the LGBTQ community in Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Jasmine Hardy, Claire Markham, Jake Faleschini, 1 More Laura E. Durso

Mississippi Faith Leaders Fight Discrimination Video

Mississippi Faith Leaders Fight Discrimination

Faith leaders in Mississippi combat a discriminatory bill targeting members of the LGBTQ community.

Claire Markham, Sejal Singh, Andrew Satter, 1 More Aki Suzuki

The Pulse Shootings, One Year Later Video

The Pulse Shootings, One Year Later

One year after the Pulse nightclub shootings, survivors, activists, and advocates reflect on how they turned tragedy into action following the shooting, and how to protect all Americans from gun violence and discrimination.

Andrew Satter, Aki Suzuki, Hayden Duncan

Trump’s First 100 Days in 100 Seconds Video

Trump’s First 100 Days in 100 Seconds

Watch a 100-second run-down of Trump's chaotic first 100 days.

the Center for American Progress

The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2 Video

The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2

This video shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact that North Carolina's controversial law H.B. 2 can have on transgender people.

Andrew Satter, Sarah McBride

Fired for Being Who I Am: The Fight for LGBT Equality Continues Video

Fired for Being Who I Am: The Fight for LGBT Equality Continues

Despite historic progress on LGBT rights, many LGBT people and their families still face serious and life-altering discrimination in their daily lives.

Kulsum Ebrahim, Sarah McBride, Claire Markham

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