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What Is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)?

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During the 1990s, the term “LGBT” (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) has become an umbrella term for sexuality and gender identity. Although it was used in this way since the early days of the gay rights movement, the term has now become more widely used in recent years.

Bisexual

Despite the fact that we live in an age where being bisexual is a widely accepted reality, many bisexuals still feel that they are misunderstood. It’s important to know the facts and ask the right questions.

The American Institute of Bisexuality is a nonprofit organization that encourages and collects educational information about bisexuality. The institute also promotes bisexual visibility.

Among adults who identify as bisexual, more men than women say they haven’t told their parents about their sexual orientation. Lesbians are more likely than bisexual men to say that they’ve told their friends or family.

While there’s no exact age at which we become sure of our sexual orientation, most adults said they knew by age 10. Some adults told their parents and other loved ones about their sexual orientation when they were young.

Despite the fact that bisexuals are still often ostracized, it’s important to recognize that there are resources available online that can answer questions and clear up misconceptions.

Transgender

During the closing months of the Obama administration, states filed lawsuits challenging the federal government’s effort to protect transgender rights. State officials argued that federal agencies exceeded statutory authority and failed to follow proper procedures. Ultimately, the Trump administration rescinded Obama’s Department of Education (DOE) policy.

Until the Obama administration, transgender rights issues were generally invisible. However, as the Obama administration took office, they became a hot topic in the United States. Until recently, state legislatures had the most extensive control over transgender policymaking. However, in the past decade, states have slowed their progress. Some states, such as California, moved faster than others. Some states, such as North Carolina, shifted in the opposite direction.

States with high scores for gender identity equality include California, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. States with low scores include Indiana, Alaska, and South Carolina. MAP computed a score for each state based on forty laws addressing gender identity. These laws were divided into five categories.

Steps taken to avoid discrimination

Despite the fact that the United States has been a beacon of freedom and democracy since its founding, many members of the LGBTQ+ community still face discrimination in their everyday lives. While some progress has been made, more work is needed.

There are significant challenges for LGBTQ people in the health care industry. Several states have passed laws that restrict or deny access to gender-affirming care. These laws contribute to stigma and family violence. Additionally, they limit the health care options available to a variety of people. In the United States, only 28 states have explicit non-discrimination policies.

There are numerous federal policies that are supposed to protect people from discrimination, including those related to gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, the federal government is still lagging in ensuring that its laws and policies reflect our country’s values and commitments. In fact, the recent rollback of federal anti-discrimination protections is dangerous and could exacerbate the disparities already present in the health care industry.

Attitudes toward same-sex marriage

During the past 15 years, attitudes toward same-sex marriage have risen dramatically. In January 2000, 44% of Californians were in favor of same-sex marriage; by October 2008, 55% of Californians were opposed to same-sex marriage; in 2010, support for same-sex marriage had risen to 59%. This increase may be a reflection of a larger cultural shift in American society.

Support for same-sex marriage has continued to grow in all regions of the country, but it has been particularly strong in Los Angeles. More than six in 10 residents in Los Angeles support same-sex marriage. In 2004, 60% of Americans opposed same-sex marriage; by 2010, support had risen to almost half of all adults.

Support for same-sex marriage among adults has also increased among religious groups. The share of white evangelical Protestants in favor of same-sex marriage has risen from 11% to 29% in just four years. Support has risen significantly among religious unaffiliated adults, as well. Among religious “nones,” 79% support same-sex marriage.

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