A new report from the Movement Advancement Project, with support from several other LGBT organizations, outlines all the primary challenges still facing LGBT Americans to help allies understand what support is still needed. The guide provides a broad overview of what LGBT equality would look like: having “the same chance as everyone else to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, and take care of the ones they love.” Here’s what that includes:
- Fair and inclusive workplaces, with equal access to employment benefits.
- Access to competent and welcoming health care providers, as well as the insurance to cover those costs.
- Access to identity documents for transgender and gender non-conforming people.
- The legal protections of marriage equality at the state and federal levels.
- Secure recognition of ties between parents and children.
- Safe communities, bully-free schools, welcoming faith communities, and an inclusive military.
No doubt, LGBT rights have come a long way, but the effort for full equality is far from over. The community cannot achieve that goal alone, and making sure allies understand the struggles still faces is essential overcoming them.