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    133,000 LGBT Workers in Indiana Lack Statewide Protections from Ongoing Discrimination

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    August 4, 2017

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    34,800 LGBT Workers in Nebraska Lack Statewide Protections from Ongoing Discrimination

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    August 4, 2017

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    LGBT Community Health Centers Operate in 37 States, but Many Do Not Offer Comprehensive Services

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    July 25, 2017

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    If Passed, Texas House Bills 46 and 50 Would Negatively Impact 13,800 Transgender Youth in the State

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    July 18, 2017

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    “Making the Invisible Visible” Video Commemorates International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

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    June 19, 2017

    “Making the Invisible Visible” video highlights ongoing sexual violence against men and boys across situations of conflict and displacement.

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    Media Advisory: Trump Administration to Reconsider Healthcare Protections for Transgender People

    Transgender Individuals Face Substantial Health Disparities and Discrimination that Federal Regulations Aim to Reduce.

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    Media Advisory: Federal Executive Order Providing Religious Exemptions Would Allow Discrimination Against LGBT People

    A federal executive order carving out broad religious exemptions to existing laws and policies could provide sweeping protections for employers, service providers, and others that discriminate against LGBT people.

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    Media Advisory: The House Health Care Bill Would Have a Negative Impact on LGBT People

    LGBT people are also disproportionately more likely to have pre-existing conditions—like mental health conditions or HIV/AIDS—and could be charged more based on health status; lose access to needed health services altogether; or exceed annual or lifetime caps.

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    770,000 LGBT Adults and 158,500 LGBT Youth in Texas Vulnerable to Stigma and Discrimination

    Texas is home to an estimated 770,000 LGBT adults and 158,500 LGBT youth. The study documents the prevalence and impact of several forms of stigma and discrimination against LGBT individuals in the state, including harassment and discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; harassment and bullying in schools; and family rejection.

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    LGBQ Youth Disproportionately Incarcerated in the U.S. Juvenile Justice System 

    Bianca D.M. Wilson, Ph.D., Sid P. Jordan, J.D., Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., Andrew R. Flores, Ph.D., Lara Stemple, J.D., and Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., April 2017

    Researchers consider the extent to which sexual minority youth are disproportionately incarcerated in the U.S. juvenile detention system and whether sexual minority youth are incarcerated for longer periods than heterosexual youth. The study also considers the prevalence of sexual victimization while in custody for sexual minority youth compared to their heterosexual peers of the same gender. Sexual minority youth include those that identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, as well as those that identified as mostly straight but had some attraction to the same sex.

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    Media Advisory: Federal Government Rolls Back Important Data Collection on LGBT Populations

    On March 28, 2017, the Trump Administration removed “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as proposed subjects for possible inclusion on the Decennial Census and/or American Community Survey in the future. “Given another recent move to take such questions off a federal survey and administrative form, there appears to be a new policy or practice to exclude sexual orientation and gender identity measures from federal data collection efforts,” said Adam Romero, Federal Policy Director at the Williams Institute. “Without federal data on LGBT populations, the ability of federal, state, and local governments to make evidence-based public policy that also reflects the experiences and needs of LGBT Americans is significantly undermined.

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    Media Advisory: Trump Administration Proposes to End Important Data Collection on LGBT Elders and People with Disabilities

    The National Survey of Older American Act Participants is an annual survey conducted by ACL that provides critical feedback on programs funded by Title III of the Older Americans Act, including meal programs and transportation services. Prior versions of this survey included a question on sexual orientation—among other personal demographic characteristics—but ACL is now proposing to remove only the sexual orientation question and has not explained its reason for doing so.

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    Population-Based Study Shows No Difference in Outcomes Among Children Raised by Same-Sex and Different-Sex Parent Families in the Netherlands

    Henny M.W. Bos, PhD, University of Amsterdam, Nanette K. Gartrell, MD, Lisette Kuyer, PhD, February 2017

    A new study found that there was no difference in child outcomes among Dutch same-sex and different-sex parent families. Based upon a nationally representative sample from the Netherlands, the study compared same-sex and different-sex parent households on children’s psychological well-being, parenting stress, and the parents’ use of informal and formal support in child rearing.

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    Media Advisory: Fact Sheet on Guidance Protecting Over 350,000 Transgender Youth and Young Adults From Discrimination

    News outlets are reporting that the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice will withdraw legal guidance that protects over 350,000 transgender youth and young adults in the United States from discrimination in education. The Williams Institute is providing this fact sheet to assist with reporting on the issue. Williams Institute scholars are available for comment.

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    There are Over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 Have Participated in DACA

    Kerith Conron and Taylor N.T. Brown, February 2017

    The Williams Institute estimates that there are over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the U.S. and over 36,000 have participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), including 24,000 who renewed in the program. DACA allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, and met other requirements, temporary work authorization and protection from deportation for a renewable two-year period.

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    Media Advisory: Executive Order Under Consideration by Trump Administration Would Allow Discrimination Against LGBT People

    President Trump is considering issuing an executive order that provides sweeping protections for employers and service providers that discriminate against LGBT people. The draft of the executive order circulated on February 1, 2017 would prohibit the federal government from withholding grants, contracts, or federal benefits from entities that discriminate against LGBT employees or beneficiaries based on religious objection—a belief that being LGBT is immoral or inconsistent with religious doctrine.

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    Media Advisory: Williams Institute Factsheet to Assist with Reporting on Trump Administration’s Statement on Executive Order 13672

    President Trump issued a statement that he will not repeal Executive Order 13672 which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, the statement does not say that the Administration will not take other actions to limit legal protections for LGBT people, including by creating exemptions to current civil rights protections based on religion or moral belief.

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    New Estimates Show that 150,000 Youth Ages 13 to 17 Identify as Transgender in the US

    Jody L. Herman, Andrew R. Flores, Taylor N. T. Brown, Bianca D.M. Wilson, and Kerith J. Conron, January 2017

    An estimated 0.7 percent of youth ages 13 to 17, or 150,000 youth, identify as transgender in the United States, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. This study is the first to provide population estimates for youth who identify as transgender in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

    The study provides new estimates of the age composition of individuals who identify as transgender in the U.S. and estimates of the size of the transgender-identified population by age group. The youngest age group, 13 to 17, has the highest estimated percentage of individuals who identify as transgender.

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    If Passed, Texas Senate Bill 6 Would Negatively Impact Over 125,000 Transgender Adults in Texas and Thousands of Transgender Youth

    Senate Bill 6 (SB 6) would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings, and public universities based on “biological sex” and would pre-empt local nondiscrimination ordinances that allow transgender Texans to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. SB 6 would contribute to a discriminatory environment for LGBT people, and have a direct impact on 125,000 transgender adults and thousands of transgender youth in the state. In addition, SB 6 would conflict with federal laws, the laws of other states, and the policies of most large companies. As a result, Texas risks significant economic impacts.

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    Public Opinion on Transgender Rights: A Twenty-Three Country Survey

    Andrew R. Flores, Taylor N.T. Brown, and Andrew S. Park, December 2016

    Transgender rights have emerged as a central feature in the discourse on LGBT rights in many countries; however, little is known about public support for such rights around the globe. This report presents findings from a ground-breaking survey of 17,105 adults across 23 countries about their attitudes towards transgender people and rights.

    This study provides evidence of high levels of support for transgender rights, as well as instances of strong opposition.

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