However, in the wake of the APA action, NGLTF
members realized that simply opposing the mental-illness label would not be enough.
According to NGLTF
maps, Specific prohibitions against same-sex marriage were initiated in 1998 (Arkansas); 2002 (Nevada); 2004 (Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, and Oregon); 2006 (Colorado and Tennessee), and 2008 (Arizona and California).
If a homophobe had so much as broken Chaz Bono's fingernail, rest assured that GLAAD, NGLTF
and HRC would have been on the case.
Between four and 18% of gay men and lesbians surveyed by NGLTF
affiliates faced a similar fate (Comstock, 1991), as did approximately 14 to 20% of those surveyed by Herek et al.
13) After the NGLTF
issued its 1993 survey report, a spokesperson for the NGLTF
said that "all the anecdotal evidence tells us this is still an epidemic.
Indeed, the NGLTF
, releasing its annual report on gay-bashing in March, blamed political, religious and entertainment industry leaders for fostering a climate of homophobia in which violent assaults are tolerated and in some cases, even encouraged.
For example, she cites a study by NGLTF
on transgender discrimination that demonstrates that "transgender people are nearly four times more likely to live in poverty than the general population.
Those "respected and effective leaders" included HRC executive director Joe Solmonese, NGLTF
executive director Matt Foreman, LogCabin president Patrick Sammon, Equality California executive director Geoff Kors, and PFLAG executive director Jody Huckaby.
According to the NGLTF
, privileges enjoyed by heterosexual married couples but denied to gay parents include: legal recognition of the parent-child relationship for children born during the relationship; recognition of parental status under the Family and Medical Leave Act; access to child support when the parental relationship ends; the right to petition for visitation and custody after the dissolution of a relationship; and On some states) adoption and foster parenting.
An earlier NGLTF
study found that 58 percent of cisgender LGB women respondents experienced discrimination based on their gender expression.
report on the candidates makes clear that all the major Democratic candidates are on our side.
In December 2003, NGLTF
signed on to a statement issued by "Keep America Safe: Win Without War"--a coalition of social justice groups including the NAACP, the National Council of Churches, the National Organization for Women, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Sierra Club--which read in part, "Unprovoked war will increase human suffering, arouse animosity toward our country, increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks, damage the economy, and undermine our moral standing in the world.