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    750,000 LGBT Floridians Vulnerable to Stigma and Discrimination

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    October 2017

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    HIV Criminalization Laws Disproportionately Affect Marginalized Communities

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    October 2017

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    Media Advisory: US Department of Justice Guidance Could Allow Discrimination Against LGBT People

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    October 6, 2017

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    Media Advisory: US Department of Justice Reversal of Transgender Employee Protections

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    October 5, 2017

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    National Coming Out Day Report: LGBTQ Youth in California Report More Negative School Experiences Than Non-LGBTQ Youth

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    October 4, 2017

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    15,100 LGBT People in Wyoming Lack Statewide Protections from Ongoing Discrimination

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    September 12, 2017

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    22,300 LGBT People in Montana Lack Statewide Protections from Ongoing Discrimination

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    September 12, 2017

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    31,800 LGBT People in Idaho Lack Statewide Protections from Ongoing Discrimination

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    September 12, 2017

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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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    Unmet Public Health Needs Among Transgender People in the U.S. Include Poor General Health and Lack of Access to Health Care

    A new study by scholars at the Williams Institute found that compared with cisgender (i.e., non-transgender) individuals, transgender individuals had higher prevalence of poor general health and they had more days per month of poor physical and mental health. More transgender than cisgender people lacked health care coverage, a health care provider, and dental care.

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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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