Where it is best to be LGBT in the United States (infographic)

The Guardian (UK) has published a nifty information graphic breaking down gay rights in the US, state by state. Issues like marriage, adoption, employment discrimination protection, hate crime laws, and whether schools have regulations to ban harassment based on gender and sexual orientation. Is the rainbow color scheme of this blatantly pro-homosexual infographic a coincidence? I think not. (via @janinegibson)

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    1. Yes, if you can handle the totally fuct up weather, high cost of living, high taxes, shitty jobs and social retards, New England is basically paradise.

        1. I think he means in the sense of knowing only 100 words and 75 of them are ‘wicked’.

          1. Jeezum Crow!  What’s that on the chimbley? A lobstah or a block a cheddah?  I jes bout clumb a tree tryin’ ta pahk mah cah.

          2. One thing you have to like about California: no ceramic climbing cats. I’ve tried to explain it to people out here and they just think that I’m making it up. Same thing with the bathtub half buried in the front lawn with a statue of the Blessed Virgin in it.

          3. Anti – the bathtub thing extends almost to the Mississippi river.    Tell us more about these ceramic climbing cats?

          4. As a Britisher, I’m curious about what a “ceramic climbing cat” is. I was shocked by my visit to NH back in 2004. Every house in Concord appeared to have a full-blown nativity scene on their front lawn, and many had giant inflatable Santas… and Grinches… :/

          5. As a Britisher, I’m curious about what a “ceramic climbing cat” is. I was shocked by my visit to NH back in 2004. Every house in Concord appeared to have a full-blown nativity scene on their front lawn, and many had giant inflatable Santas… and Grinches… :/

          6. Anti – thanks for the link.  I’ve probably seen the climbing cat in the past, but when you’re going for tchochkys in the front yard, there tends to be too many for a person to focus on just one ridiculous object. 

      1. Compared to impoverished, McJob, neoconfederate hellholes I’m certain it is.

        1. But… but… your screen name is Navin Johnson.  He was raised in an impoverished, McJob, neoconfederate hellhole, sir!

      2.  I’ve lived in the Northeast most of my life, and sometimes I forget that the rest of the country has nothing but idyllic weather conditions, plentiful jobs, and progressive ideas about human rights.

        1. I have to laugh about people who go on about New England weather.  While we had 60-70 degree weather this winter and spring we watched blizzards in the midwest and tornadoes on TV. 

          I’d rather have a mild New England winter than a suffocating FL summer.

        1. true, the list of bads is seriously quite long… although, I have to stand up for the wonderful serenity available here if you know where to look.

          1. You’ll have to find another state bird.  Minnesota claimed the mosquito before Alaska was a state.  ;-)

      3.  Please keep believing that, it keeps New England a nicer place to live.

      4. It’s hard being better than the rest of the country; but we’ve had a long time to practice…

  1. It’s an amazing graphic, although my friend Roy G. Biv insists it’s not a rainbow :)

    1. As the King of the Cosmos once said, “We are moved to tears by the size of this thing.”

  2. I just wish it were actually accurate.  A number of those places (MA for instance) have all of those rights for LGB folks, but (some) not for T folks.

    1.  The info graphic states in the middle “Gay rights by type”. T folks are already excluded by the graphic.

    2. MA is getting better!  You don’t have to indicate gender on marriage forms http://offtopic.akrasiac.org/?p=59 and more significantly, as of July 1 we will have gender identity protection for housing and employment http://www.masstpc.org/ter/ . Not to say that there aren’t areas where there is still work to do, but I wanted to highlight progress that is happening, since so often it feels like trans activists are shouting into a void.

  3. I’d like to be proud of my state but Wisconsin seems mostly special in spelling out how all these rights are to be limited…. sigh, at least we’re not Mississippi.

    1. In Mississippi when liberals who occasionally like to have sex with members of the same sex (like me!) want to console ourselves, we say “at least we’re not the 99.7% of Wisconsin that isn’t Madison (excluding Maple Bluffs and the west side) and certain Milwaukee suburbs.” 

      Of course, it’s kind of a dickish thing when we do it, too.

  4. I would love to know the reasoning behind the categorization of Delaware.

    EDIT: I was not wondering why Delaware was considered Northeast (although it is rightly midatlantic, of course) I was wondering about the “limited” and “undefined red stripy” categories in the graph. I apologize for my poor grammar.

      1.  They have Maryland in the Northeast, too, and the Mason-Dixon line is its northern border.

      2. The state of Delaware is EAST of the Mason-Dixon line; the western, northern, and southern state borders were surveyed by Mason and Dixon and are the starting point of their eponymous line.  Maps pretty much all get this wrong, but the physical  markers still exist here.

      3. The state of Delaware is EAST of the Mason-Dixon line; the western, northern, and southern state borders were surveyed by Mason and Dixon and are the starting point of their eponymous line.  Maps pretty much all get this wrong, but the physical  markers still exist here.

    1. Because that’s where it belongs.

      Culturally, the northeast has been expanding south for centuries.  Delaware and Maryland were border states in the Civil War, but now they’re both solidly northern.  Along the east coast, a bright-line border between north and south would be somewhere near Fairfax, Virginia, and slowly moving south every year.

      1. I entirely agree with you, although the cultural borders in Pennsylvania seem to be quite a bit less tangible.

      2. I entirely agree with you, although the cultural borders in Pennsylvania seem to be quite a bit less tangible.

    2. And Texas is in the southeast? Maybe the piney woods from Bastrop on east, but that’s maybe a third of the state. (Even the rest of Texas finds that part a bit backward.)

      What about West Virginia? It has more in common with Ohio than with Virginia – in fact, it seceded from the latter. It didn’t have slaves. It was mostly a frontier wilderness. It belongs in the midwest.

      As a Confederate state east of the Mississippi, Missouri belongs in the southeast, not midwest.

      ID, MT,WY, CO, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, NM, UT, AZ should get their own category. I’d call it just “West”. That leaves CA, WA, OR, HI, AK as “West Coast”

      1. Your Confederate state east of the Mississippi lies, in fact, to the west of the Mississippi.

        1.  Oops, quite right. Still on the river, though, and culturally closer to the southeast than midwest..

    3. And Texas is in the southeast? Maybe the piney woods from Bastrop on east, but that’s maybe a third of the state. (Even the rest of Texas finds that part a bit backward.)

      What about West Virginia? It has more in common with Ohio than with Virginia – in fact, it seceded from the latter. It didn’t have slaves. It was mostly a frontier wilderness. It belongs in the midwest.

      As a Confederate state east of the Mississippi, Missouri belongs in the southeast, not midwest.

      ID, MT,WY, CO, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, NM, UT, AZ should get their own category. I’d call it just “West”. That leaves CA, WA, OR, HI, AK as “West Coast”

          1.  In its defense Mississippi does have guys who pour and layer significance all over the way they say “mmmhmmm,” which I really appreciate. 

      1. Yup, Michigan.  A little slice of the deep south plunked onto the northern tier. 

  5. Don’t forget, if you live in North Carolina like I do, today’s the day to keep that rainbow as bright as it can be. Well, kinda. Gay marriage is already illegal here, so if the constitutional amendment passes it’s more like they’re coloring in the grey with a permanent marker.

    1. That was my sense of the chart: it’s equally useful as an indication of the local status of human and civil rights in general.  Funny how that works.

    2. I’ve noticed that places that are popular with gay people tend to be fun in general.

  6. Boom! Go DC! We are often forgotten, but check us out! We aren’t full citizens like the rest of the country, and Congress likes to overturn our local laws quite often, but we are doing pretty well I’d say.

    1. Except for all the murders.

      DC has great legal protections for trans folks, but it also has lots of violence and murders and ‘walking while trans’ arrests against trans folks.

  7. LGBT… in general, I wish “political correctness” would reverse the trend that George Carlin had something to say about in another context:

    WWI:  Shell Shock (simple, straightforward, 2 syllables).
    WWII:  Battle Fatigue (still understandable, we’re up to 4 syllables now).
    Korea:  Operational Exhaustion (8 syllables and Madison Avenue is squeezing the humanity out of the phrase).
    Vietnam:  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (and the pain is completely buried under jargon).

    LGBTSSOFFMOS:  Lay Gesbian Bigender Transsexual Sub-Strata Of Fully Functioning Members Of Society?
    No way José, “Queer Nation” and party on, people!

    1. I just stumbled across QUILTBAG the other day. I can’t even remember what the acronym stood for. My best friend, who is gay, is really bothered by all the names and labels and jargon. “Ken”, he said to me once, “why is it there’s no single word for people with brown eyes, or blue eyes, or green eyes, or…”
      “Because it doesn’t matter”, I said.  
      “Exactly. Who I choose to spend my life with makes no difference to anyone else.”

      1. QUILTBAG:  Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer.

        What is THIS trying to achieve?  Somebody, at some point, thought this was a good idea.  Here’s another one, HIGGBATs:  Hypersensitive Individuals Gone Goofily Berserk with the Acronym Thingy.

        And still the “Demolish Serious Culture” picture winks at me from the unscrollable right column, influencing my posts.  Don’t get me wrong, I like it, it’s a good mantra.

        1. It was the armed forces who first got the ‘acronym thingy’. How and why it spread, I don’t know.

          1. You mean SNAFU?  Situation Normal, All Fucked Up. And I believe the term surfaced in the Tarawa atoll victory/fiasco. But anyway,

            FUBAR – Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition.
            FUBB – Fucked Up Beyond Belief.
            TARFU – Things Are Really Fucked Up.

            And my personal favorite, both specific and nonsensical,
            JANFU – Joint Army/Navy Fuck Up.

            Ah, bureaucracy, he sighed, in the Max Weber sense.

          2. You mean SNAFU?  Situation Normal, All Fucked Up. And I believe the term surfaced in the Tarawa atoll victory/fiasco. But anyway,

            FUBAR – Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition.
            FUBB – Fucked Up Beyond Belief.
            TARFU – Things Are Really Fucked Up.

            And my personal favorite, both specific and nonsensical,
            JANFU – Joint Army/Navy Fuck Up.

            Ah, bureaucracy, he sighed, in the Max Weber sense.

  8. The graphic for Washington State is a little deceptive.  This year the legislature did approve marriage equality here, but some church groups are trying to get a referendum on the ballot to repeal that.  If they get enough signatures, marriages are on hold until at least December.

    WA residents – Decline to sign!

  9. The Northeast is so good because it’s the closest part of the US to Vancouver.

  10. Iowa? I had no idea. Good for them! I’m very proud of MD and D.C., where I grew up.

  11. If this covered trans folks, I think it would have to show the few jurisdictions which:

    1. Don’t have politicians calling for our murder.

    2. Don’t have discriminatory identification policies.

    3. Don’t kick trans kids out of homeless shelters.

    4. Don’t throw trans womyn in men’s jails to extract plea-bargains.

    5. Do include trans status in nondiscrimination laws.

    A lot of those places which have employment, housing, and public accomodation protections for non-trans LGB folks do not have these for trans folks.

    You might want to revise the title to match what this doesn’t and doesn’t show.

  12. I want to see a dozen more graphs of American social attitudes on that exact same type of graph. I expect we’ll find a lot of the same basic graph shapes (New England agreeing with the Pacific coast, and the Midwest and South in a bloc).

  13. Pennsylvania. Dicks of the Northeast (and where my family hails from – shame).

  14. Seriously, Pennsylvania belongs in the Midwest. I know it’s 350 some odd miles wide and borders NJ and all that, but, really, just look at all that grey in the graphic.

    1. Parts of it are in the midwest. West of the Appalachians, north of the Ohio, east of the Mississippi. I wonder why some people think Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Montana are in the midwest though, they’re on the other side of the Mississippi.

  15. Is it just me, or are the state grouping on this chart just a little odd? The Northwest/Southwest division just seems strange. Especially with California and Hawaii being grouped as Southwest and Nevada looking like an odd outlier nestled next to more conservative states…

  16. It would be nice to see a version of the graphic where the slices of states are sized proportional to their population.

  17. The State of Pennsylvania has Pittsburgh in the West, Philadelphia in the East and Alabama in between.

    1. Yeah (sigh). I’m from south of Pittsburgh and my husband refers to the area as “Pennsyl-tucky”. I joke that the most common greeting in my home town is “hey cuz” (cuz = cousin), except, well, it’s not really a joke.

      And I don’t understand all the northeast bashing upthread: given my PA upbringing, I’m happy as a clam here in MA.

  18. This is so sad. For a nation wherein the politicians think themselves as a world leader…. Just so sad.

    1. And glitter!  Wearing only tanga briefs and flip-flops in city streets!

      My mother was hospitalized in an intensely LGBT  San Diego neighborhood (Hillcrest), and I gotta say, heading out and watching these guys partying on a hot August night, it unfroze my solemn scowl.

  19. Here in the South the problem isn’t so much that we think that marriage should always be between a man and a woman, it’s just the natural outcome of our belief that sodomy should only be practiced by large corporations on the populous. And oh boy, do we ever love to have companies, especially ones that use to be Yankee companies, come down here and bend us over. It’s our heritage.

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