As 2013 comes to a close, and 2014 begins:
16 states and D.C. have extended marriage to same-sex couples, and now 36% of the country’s LGBT population lives in a state with marriage equality.
6 states have extended civil unions or domestic partners to couples statewide.
17 states and D.C. have employment nondiscrimination laws that protect workers on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
169 cities, counties, and municipalities have employment nondiscrimination policies protecting LGBT people.
19 states and D.C. have a comprehensive safe schools policy protecting LGBT students.
15 states and D.C. have expanded hate crimes protections to LGBT people.
28 states and D.C. issue new birth certificates to transgender people.
(source of data: Equality Federation)
We’ve made amazing progress, and there is much work yet to be done. I recommit my energies and my resources to move us forward in 2014.