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Hannah Schtein

Study Highlights Lack of Protections for Trans Americans

Amid fears that Trump will hinder efforts toward equality, a recent study found a lack of protections for trans people living in the U.S.

Conducted by LGBT think tank MAP (Movement Enhancement Project), the study “looks at legal equality across the country,” and analyzes state laws across five categories: Non-Discrimination, LGBT Youth Laws and Policies, Health and Safety, Ability for Transgender People to Correct the Name and Gender Marker on Identity Documents, and Adoption and Parenting.

The 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality was a step forward for LGBT Americans. However, the study notes that over 200 anti-gay bills have been introduced in 20 states since the SCOTUS ruling.

To track LGBT-related policy around the country, MAP maintains LGBT Equality Maps. Updated daily to reflect the most current policy, these maps illustrate data on LGBT policies broken down by state. Find the maps here.

Lady Gaga shows LGBT love with halftime show

Aside from an aerial plunge and a mic drop, Lada Gaga’s performance at the 51st Super Bowl included a message of support for the gay community.

Among the hits selected for the show, Gaga performed “Born This Way,” which she wrote to voice her support for the LGBT population.

Before the show, she also wrote a message of inclusivity on her Instagram:

“I want to say thank you to my fans for cheering me on all these years. There will not be any guest performers tonight, I’m doing these 13 minutes solo! I dedicate every second to the love, diversity, compassion, and wild spirit of our fan base. To that kid who felt unwanted, or the grown up who remembers how hard it was to find acceptance. This is for you. It is also for those whose hearts and minds have opened to our message. Thank you for believing in us so we could be here today little monsters this is YOUR stage. And I’m gonna leave my heart on it so you never forget it. Let’s do this. Xoxo Love, Gaga p.s I LOVE YOU SO MUCH”