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    The Williams Institute Launches All Survivors Project

    The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law announces the launch of the All Survivors Project, documenting sexual and gender based violence against boys and men in situations of armed conflict and displacement. The project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR), will provide best practices and policy recommendations to improve the global response for all victims.

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    Research Finds Sexual Victimization Perpetrated by Women More Common than Previously Known

    Using U.S. federal agency data, researchers find that female sexual perpetration is more common than previously recognized. The researchers’ findings contradict the common belief that female sexual perpetration is rare.

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    Adults Who Identify as Transgender are More Racially and Ethnically Diverse than the U.S. General Population

    Adults who identify as transgender are more racially and ethnically diverse than the U.S. population overall, according to a new study released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. This study is the first to provide estimates of the racial and ethnic make-up of adults who identify as transgender in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

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    For Immigrants, HIV Criminalization Can Mean Incarceration and Deportation

    A new study suggests that for some immigrants, an HIV-specific criminal offense may have been the triggering event for their deportation proceedings. In “HIV Criminalization Against Immigrants in California,” Williams Institute Scholars Amira Hasenbush and Bianca D.M. Wilson, explore how HIV criminal laws are enforced in California, particularly against foreign born populations.

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    $15 Wage Would Lift Nearly 30,000 People In Same Sex Couples Out of Poverty

    A new study out today shows that poverty remains a significant problem for LGBT people and that a $15 minimum wage would reduce poverty substantially for LGBT people. In “The Impact of a $15 Minimum Wage on Poverty Among Same Sex Couples,” researchers M.V. Lee Badgett and Alyssa Schneebaum draw on data on same-sex couples to show the effect of a higher minimum wage on that segment of the LGBT community. Raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $15 an hour would reduce LGBT poverty dramatically.

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    The Williams Institute Releases New Report on LGBT Older Adults Highlighting Isolation, Discrimination,

    “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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    New study finds state recognition of marriage is associated with improved well-being for same-sex couples

    Same-sex marriage recognition at the state level, prior to the recognition of marriage in all US States, was associated with less psychological distress about being LGB, according to a recent study.

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    Study finds LGBT adults experience food insecurity and participate in SNAP at higher levels than non-LGBT adults

    LGBT adults and adults in same-sex couples often experience food insecurity and participate in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at higher rates than non-LGBT adults and adults in different-sex couples, according to a new study by researchers at The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Using data from four representative, population-based surveys, the authors find that some groups of LGBT adults – women, certain racial and ethnic minorities, unmarried adults, and adults with children in the home – are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity.

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    Cisgender women living with HIV in Los Angeles County face an array of unmet legal needs

    Cisgender (non-transgender) women living with HIV in Los Angeles County face a variety of legal needs that have a significant impact on their access to resources such as income, health care and housing, but most do not receive any legal assistance, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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    Updated estimates show 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the US, doubling estimates from a decade ago

    An estimated 0.6% of adults in the United States, or 1.4 million individuals, identify as transgender, according to a new study authored by researchers at The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The study provides the first ever state-level estimates of the percentage of adults who identify as transgender throughout the United States, ranging from 0.3% in North Dakota to 0.8% in Hawaii.

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    Mississippi’s HB 1523, Set to Go into Effect July 1, Permits Discrimination Against the State’s LGBT Population of More than 60,000

    Mississippi’s House Bill 1523, which goes into effect on July 1, 2016, permits state officials, healthcare professionals, schools, employers, and wedding service providers to discriminate against LGBT people based on religious or moral beliefs. A federal court in Mississippi will hear several cases challenging the law this week.

    According to research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, the law will negatively impact the more than 60,000 LGBT people who live in the state, including 11,500 transgender youth and adults and 3,500 same-sex couples.

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    Weddings by 123,000 Same-Sex Couples in the Last Year Boosted National Economy by Over $1.58 Billion

    Marriages by same-sex couples have generated an estimated $1.58 billion boost to the national economy and $102 million in state and local sales tax revenue since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision extending marriage equality nationwide in June 2015, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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    Laverne Cox, star of “Orange Is the New Black,” and Shannon Minter, nationally renowned civil rights attorney, to be honored at second annual uniTy Reception for Transgender Health, Research and Rights

    On June 19, 2016, the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law will host the uniTy Reception to honor Laverne Cox, groundbreaking star of “Orange Is the New Black,” and Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, at The Edison in Downtown Los Angeles, which is underwriting all of the costs of the event.

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    HB2 Could Cost North Carolina Almost $5 Billion a Year

    By adding to an already challenging legal environment in North Carolina, HB2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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    Washington State Ballot Initiative Restricting Restroom Access Would Put $4.5 Billion in Federal Funding At Risk

    A ballot initiative in Washington, Initiative Measure 1515, would require public schools to restrict access to restrooms and other shared facilities based on biological sex, and may require similar restrictions in all state and local government buildings. The initiative would put at risk up to $1 billion annually in federal funding to schools, and may put at risk an additional $3.5 billion annually in funding to state and local government entities, according to a new analysis conducted by the Williams Institute.

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    North Carolina’s House Bill 2 Puts $4.8 Billion in Federal Funding At Risk

    Today, the U.S. Department of Justice notified North Carolina state officials that House Bill 2, the North Carolina law restricting restroom access based on biological sex, violates the non-discrimination requirements of federal laws including Title IX of the Education Amendments, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. As a result of these violations, House Bill 2 puts a total of $4.8 billion in federal funding at risk annually, according to a new analysis conducted by Christy Mallory, senior counsel, and Brad Sears, executive director, at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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    HIV service providers support many legal needs despite few resources, new study shows

    Even with limited resources, HIV legal services providers continue to meet a broad set of legal needs in the metropolitan areas with the largest numbers of people living with HIV, according to a new study by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Nevertheless, providers still frequently turn away clients or refer them elsewhere when they are unable to meet certain legal needs, particularly in criminal law matters.

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    New Study Shows No Differences in Family Relationships or Child Health Outcomes between Same-sex and Different-sex Parent Households

    Households with same-sex parents show no differences from those with different-sex parents with regard to spouse or partner relationships, parent-child relationships, or children’s general health, emotional difficulties, coping and learning behavior, according to a new report by researchers affiliated with the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University.

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    Strict Voter ID Laws Impose Added Costs for Transgender Voters

    Transgender people may experience barriers to voting at the polls in states with strict voter identification laws if there are inconsistencies between their ID, voter registration information, and appearance, according to a new report by Taylor N.T. Brown, Policy Analyst, and Jody Herman, Scholar of Public Policy, from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

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    Transgender people who are sexual minorities are more likely to be harassed, new study shows

    Transgender people who identified as sexual minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual or a different sexual minority) in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey experienced a greater likelihood of encountering some forms of discrimination than those who identified as straight, according to a new study by Jody L. Herman, Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, published in “Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities.”

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