September 13, 2014
If, like us, recent headlines have you feeling more than a little discouraged, the infographic below should cheer you up. While acknowledging that gays and lesbians around the world have widely different experiences, it notes that the legal status of LGBT individuals in the U.S. has improved markedly in recent years. As regular readers of PND and PhilanTopic know, that's due, in part, to the tireless efforts of foundations such as Gill, Arcus, Ford, Haas, Pride, Horizons, Tides, and van Ameringen. And while acceptance of gays and lesbians is not yet the norm in many regions of the world, recognition of same-sex relationships and/or marriage is becoming more common -- a reminder that social change, while not easy, is possible when enough people see an injustice and commit themselves to righting it.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with "10" representing "fully realized," how would you characterize the struggle for LGBT rights in the U.S.? What remains to be done, and what should philanthropy be doing to get us there?