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What LGBTQ equality looks like in US states over 10 years

In 2010, no states outlawed conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors, forbid health insurers from excluding transgender-related coverage or offered gender neutral options on licenses and birth certificates.

Ten years later at the dawn of a new decade, roughly 20 states have these protections in place.

Breakthroughs? Or evidence of a plodding pace on the road to LGBTQ equality?

“It’s both,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project, which released a report Tuesday on the status of LGBTQ rights from 2010 to 2020. 

“We have made a tremendous amount of progress understanding what LGBTQ people need to have a full opportunity to be productive workers, have equal access to health care, to go beyond the basics,” she said. “But at the same time, in half the country, that progress has stalled out.”

The report by MAP, a think tank that maintains a database on laws affecting LGBTQ people, shows a split in the policy landscape in 2020: Nearly half – 46% – of the country lives in states earning “high” or “medium” grades for equality because of protections. But the other half – 45% – lives in states with “low” or “negative” rankings.

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