Despite unprecedented attacks, steady financial growth continues for LGBTQI groups

At the end of the decade, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people have experienced unprecedented attacks by the Trump administration, coupled with efforts by states to advance religious exemptions laws and draconian legislation targeting transgender people. These attacks require LGBTQI organizations to be nimble in organizational priorities and investments.

Despite the tense political landscape, the 2019 National Movement Report, published annually by MAP, finds that national LGBTQI organizations remained steadfast in providing vital programs and services with continued increase in revenue and diverse revenue sources.

This year’s report provides a comprehensive and standardized look at fiscal year 2018 for 40 major LGBTQI advocacy organizations. These organizations reported total combined 2018 revenue of $299.3 million—up 8% from 2017. The majority of 2018 expenses (79%) was spent on programs and services, indicating that the largest LGBTQI social justice organizations operate efficiently.

Major findings from the report include:

Click here to read the report and access the full findings.

As the political landscapes change for LGBTQI equality, tracking these trends annually will be crucial for understanding the financial health and stability of the movement.

Take Action by Dec. 19th – What you need to know about a proposed HHS rule

A proposed rule by the Trump Administration would strip away vital nondiscrimination protections for HHS-funded programs and services

Understanding the impact of a recent Trump Administration proposed rule is not simple or easy, until you understand the devastating impact it would have for millions of Americans. On its face, the rule strips away comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, and religion from many U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs. But some programs have their own protections, like the Affordable Care Act, that ensures there is no discrimination based on sex in healthcare services. Rather, this complicated proposed rule requires a program-by-program analysis. 

MAP, in collaboration with Americans United, Family Equality Council, and National Center for Transgender Equality—with assistance from organizations including the ACLU and the Center for American Progress—have worked to get to the bottom about what this rule means for millions of people who rely on HHS programs. You can read more in this new analysis released today.

This rule opens a can of worms: it strips away clear nondiscrimination protections, inviting service providers

to take federal taxpayer dollars and turn people away from health and human services just because of who they are. This rule could affect many programs that millions of Americans depend on every day, such as programs older adults rely on for congregate meals, legal services, and transportation, Head Start programs for children, foster and adoption programs that help children, and more.

This broad license to discriminate with federal funds would not be limited to those who claim a religious objection to serving particular groups of people. Indeed, those who receive HHS grants wouldn’t even have to give a reason why they want to discriminate: the Trump administration would simply allow it, no questions asked.

With this new proposed rule, discrimination based on sex could be allowed in programs serving older adults. Adoption agencies could refuse to consider otherwise qualified prospective foster or adoptive families because of their religion. And a whole host of HHS-funded programs could be unavailable to LGBT people.

A short 30-day comment period for this proposed rule closes next Thursday, December 19. Share your thoughts with the Trump Administration about what this proposed rule means to you and your family.