LGBT Divide

Client: The Williams Institute, UCLA Law

Completed: 2014

The Williams Institute is a national think tank, dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. The Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public.

In December 2014, upon the release of their annual report on the disparities for LGBT people across the regions of the U.S. “The LGBT Divide: A Data Portrait of LGBT People in the Midwestern, Mountain & Southern States” we conceptualized, designed and developed a data visualization narrative to coincide with the report’s release. This report reviews social climate, demographic, economic and health indicators, and highlights disparities between the 21 state that currently have non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and the 29 states without these laws. The report and visualization exhibit that 60% of LGBT Americans live in the South, Midwest and Mountain states, where they face a more challenging social climate and legal landscape and face greater disparities than non-LGBT people across economic and health indicators.

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