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    The Impact Of A $15 Minimum Wage Among Same Sex Couples

    M.V. Lee Badgett, Alyssa Schneebaum September 2016

    Increases in the minimum wage are being proposed, debated, and passed across the United States. In 2016, New York State and California significantly increased their state minimum wage, and the new rate will reach $15 per hour in 2022 in California, $15 per hour in 2018 in New York City, and $12.50 an hour in New York State in 2020.1 Research in 2014 suggested that increases in the minimum wage could reduce poverty, including poverty among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. This research brief predicts that raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $15 an hour would reduce LGBT poverty by one-third for male same-sex couples and by almost one-half for female same-sex couples. Almost 30,000 people in same-sex couples would see their incomes rise above the federal poverty level.

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    Model Legislation for Eliminating the Gay and Trans Panic Defenses

    By Jordan Blair Woods, Brad Sears, Christy Mallory
    September 2016

    “Gay panic” and “transgender panic” defenses have been asserted by defendants in criminal trials throughout the U.S. since the 1960s. In these cases, defendants have argued that their violent behavior was a rational response to discovering that the victim was LGBT. The defenses are rooted in irrational fears based on homophobia and transphobia, and send the message that violence against LGBT people is understandable and acceptable. When successful, these defenses have resulted in murder charges being reduced to manslaughter or another lesser offense.

    To date, only one state, California, has banned defendants from asserting gay or transgender panic defense by statute. In this brief, Williams Institute scholars present model language, based on the language adopted in California, that other states may use to eliminate use of the defenses through legislation. The model legislation offers language to prohibit defendants from using gay and trans panic defenses under each of the major defenses theories of provocation, insanity/diminished capacity, and self-defense. In addition, the brief provides an overview of the ways in which the defenses have been asserted in trials throughout the last several decades, and evaluates potential constitutional challenges to state legislation eliminating use of the defenses.

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    Interactive: LGBT and Same-sex Couple Demographics

    Click here for the full interactive graphic of LGBT statistics in the US.

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    LGBT Aging: A Review of Research Findings, Needs, and Policy Implications

    By Soon Kyu Choi, Ilan H. Meyer
    August 2016

    In LGBT Aging: A Review of Research Findings, Needs, and Policy Implications, Soon Kyu Choi and Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. provide a review of what is known about lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) older adults.

    “It is estimated that 2.4 million LGBT older adults over 50 live in the United States,” Ilan H Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy, says. “That number is expected to double by 2030. The needs of older LGBT adults are quite different than those of the non-LGBT population. LGBT older adults are sometimes apprehensive of how they’ll be treated by healthcare providers or in senior care facilities. We need to ensure that LGBT seniors will receive sensitive and effective care wherever they go for care.”

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    Dr. Kerith Conron Named New Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at The Williams Institute

    LOS ANGELES —Through an extensive nationwide search, Dr. Kerith Conron has been named the Williams Institute’s new Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director. As the Blachford-Cooper Research Director, she will oversee new and ongoing research projects informing an array of issues affecting the LGBT community.   The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has been an influential …

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    How ID Laws Disenfranchise Transgender Voters

    CityLab
    April 1, 2016

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    For trans Americans, changing your name can still be a matter of life or death

    Quartz
    March 31, 2016

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    Hope Springs in the South

    Advocate
    March 28, 2016

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    How the simple act of peeing became political in the United States

    Quartz
    March 25, 2016

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    GOP Wants Men to Use Women’s Bathrooms

    The Daily Beast
    March 24, 2016

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    Trans Teen: Suicide Rates Rise When Bathroom Access Is Restricted

    The Daily Beast
    March 16, 2016

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    Your Boss Wants to Know If You’re Gay

    Bloomberg
    March 8, 2016

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    Supreme Court reverses Alabama court that denied lesbian woman’s adoption

    USA Today
    March 7, 2016

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    Expo for same-sex couples highlights strides LGBT people have made in Utah

    Associated Press
    March 6, 2016

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    South Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill Stipulating Transgender Students’ Bathroom Use

    NPR
    March 1, 2016

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    Transgender Students and ‘Bathroom Laws’ in South Dakota and Beyond

    The New York Times
    Feb. 25, 2016

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    EEOC Sex Orientation Bias Suit Is Likely ‘Coming Soon’

    Bloomberg BNA
    Feb. 24, 2016

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    Support of same-sex marriage grew in U.S. with legalization – research

    Thomson Reuters
    Jan. 27, 2016

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    The CDC still isn’t counting bisexuality correctly

    The Verge
    Jan. 8, 2016

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    Can States Protect LGBT Rights Without Compromising Religious Freedom?

    The Atlantic
    Jan. 6, 2016

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