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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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    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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