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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Featured work

Fair Play
Report A teacher plays softball with a group of students, May 2019. (Getty/Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald)

Fair Play

Shoshana K. Goldberg

A pride flag is waved in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/AFP/Saul Loeb)

Act Now: LGBTQ Rights Are Still Under Threat

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Beyond Bostock: The Future of LGBTQ Civil Rights Report
A man attaches a safety whistle to his chair while waiting in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court building for a chance to attend the Bostock v. Clayton arguments, October 2019.

Beyond Bostock: The Future of LGBTQ Civil Rights

The Supreme Court’s recent decision on workplace protections for LGBTQ people has far-reaching implications for LGBTQ rights.

Sharita Gruberg

Expanding Definitions of Family in Federal Laws Report
Members of an extended family gather together in their living room in Burlington, Vermont, December 2015. (Members of an extended family gather together in their living room in Burlington, Vermont, December 2015.)

Expanding Definitions of Family in Federal Laws

Federal statutory definitions of family often fail to reflect the wide diversity of family structures in the United States, which can be particularly harmful to members of the LGBTQ community.

Frank J. Bewkes

The Nondiscrimination Protections of Millions of Workers Are Under Threat Report
 (A worker monitors a production line for a government contractor in North Carolina on January 11, 2019.)

The Nondiscrimination Protections of Millions of Workers Are Under Threat

The U.S. Department of Labor is trying to undermine nondiscrimination protections for employees of federal contractors—a move that would harm millions of workers, including countless LGBTQ people.

Frank J. Bewkes, Caitlin Rooney

Secretary DeVos Is Failing to Protect the Civil Rights of LGBTQ Students Report
Betsy DeVos testifies during her confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education, Washington, D.C., January 17, 2017. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Secretary DeVos Is Failing to Protect the Civil Rights of LGBTQ Students

Data from the Department of Education show that civil rights enforcement for LGBTQ students has been drastically scaled back since the start of the Trump administration.

Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Frank J. Bewkes

Religious Liberty Should Do No Harm Report
People take part in a candlelight vigil at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., March 2018. (Getty/Tasos Katopodis)

Religious Liberty Should Do No Harm

Policymakers should ensure that religious liberty extends to all Americans—and that it is not misused as a license to discriminate.

Emily London, Maggie Siddiqi

Welcoming All Families Report

Welcoming All Families

Religious exemptions allowing child placing agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ prospective parents will likely reduce the number of families available to adopt, further overburdening the child welfare system and harming the best interests of children in care.

Frank J. Bewkes, Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Caitlin Rooney, 3 More Laura E. Durso, Joe Kroll, Elly Wong

Protecting Basic Living Standards for LGBTQ People Report
A transgender father holds his 1-year-old daughter on her birthday, March 2017, in Michigan. (Getty/JJ Fabre)

Protecting Basic Living Standards for LGBTQ People

New data show that nutrition and housing assistance, Medicaid, and unemployment benefits are critical to LGBTQ people’s economic security.

Caitlin Rooney, Charlie Whittington, Laura E. Durso

Bold Ideas for State Action Report

Bold Ideas for State Action

Americans are ready for states—the laboratories of democracy—to offer a new progressive vision for shared prosperity. This report presents a menu of state policy priorities to help people secure good jobs and good wages and to support strong and healthy communities in which all people are treated fairly and equitably.

the Center for American Progress

Religious Liberty for a Select Few Report
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on

Religious Liberty for a Select Few

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ guidance is already empowering appointees throughout the administration to attack the equality and legal protections of LGBTQ people, women, and religious minorities.

Sharita Gruberg, Frank J. Bewkes, Elizabeth Platt, 2 More Katherine Franke, Claire Markham

The ACA’s LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Regulations Prove Crucial Report

The ACA’s LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Regulations Prove Crucial

New analysis by CAP further explains the range of health care discrimination faced by LGBTQ people and HHS's critical role in combatting it under Section 1557.

Sharita Gruberg, Frank J. Bewkes

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