Study shows striking gains for gays and lesbians over decade |

Study shows striking gains for gays and lesbians over decade

Karen E. CrummyThe Denver Post

Despite setbacks in the areas of marriage and military service, gays and lesbians have made dramatic gains in equality over the past decade, according to a new study.More states and Fortune 500 companies have anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation and gender identity, more Americans support the right of those who are openly gay and lesbian to serve in the military, and the number of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders who serve as elected officials has skyrocketed, according to the study by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the Movement Advancement Project, a Denver think tank and independent arm of the Gill Foundation.This year, President Obama also signed a law expanding the federal hate-crime law to include sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class.”While enormous and heart-wrenching inequities remain, progress over the last 10 years has been extraordinary,” said Matt Foreman, who directs the gay and immigrant rights program at the San Francisco-based the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, a family foundation that promotes education and equal rights and opportunities.The report, however, also notes that tough challenges lie ahead. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy resulted in hundreds of gay and lesbian service members being discharged from the military. And 31 states – as compared with five in 2000 – have barred gay marriage. Additionally, new HIV infections among adolescent and adult men who have sex with men grew 10 percent.Read more:

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