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One Step Forward for Equality, But Long Road Ahead

Last summer, we released our report At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement the same week that the Supreme Court struck down DOMA and Proposition 8. While we celebrated these momentous victories for the LGBT Movement, we also reminded folks of the long road ahead before LGBT Americans gain... more

Webinar Recap! At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement

Last Tuesday BMP hosted a webinar based on the findings of our recent report, At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement.  Following the court strike-down of DOMA and Prop 8 late last month, we found the findings of our report- that movement leaders think marriage equality is but one step towards full inclusion for the LGBT community- were especially relevant.  We had over 60 people on the line last week, mostly from advocacy and organizing groups (both LGBT-based and non-LGBT), but with strong representation from grantmakers, consultants, and service delivery organizations as well.


Evolving Beyond the Gay Marriage Agenda

Sean Thomas-Breitfeld responds to a recent blog post from John Aravosis about how LGBT leaders pushing for a broader LGBT movement, one that includes economic justice and immigration, is leading to a "demonization of the modern gay rights agenda". Sean disagrees, arguing instead that coalition-building to form a broader, more inclusive, social movement is exactly what the LGBT community at large needs to achieve actual equality.  Sean's thoughts echo what we found in our recent report, At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement, and what we will be discussing on our upcoming webinar featuring the report's authors and one of the exact movement leaders Aravosis attacked in his post.  


Court Rulings Must Lead to Broader Alliance Building

Our new report, At the Crossroads: The Future of the LGBT Movement was conceived over a year ago. Little did we think then it would be released the same week that the Supreme Court would be deciding two cases on same-sex marriage and challenges to affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. The SCOTUS decisions only confirm what we heard for LGBT leaders of advocacy and organizing groups – that the vision of the community is ready to expand to include full rights for LGBT people and stronger alliances with all justice movements.


For Full Inclusion and Equality, Must Look Beyond Marriage

As the Supreme Court prepares to submit rulings on the two same-sex marriage cases awaiting decision right now, Sean Thomas-Bretifeld discusses the implications of these decisions and what they will mean for the LGBT movement moving forward.  A strike down of DOMA and California's Proposition 8 will mean a big win in the recent string of marriage equality victories. Yet Sean, citing the findings of our new report, argues that the legal changes represented in these marriage equality wins aren't enough to solve greater injustices or prevent other kinds of further discrimination, like housing and employment.  Instead, he argues that a movement based on a broader coalition that is focused on a more comprehensive social justice platform will do more to bring the LGBT community closer to full inclusion. 


At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads explores how local, state, and national policy advocates and organizers see the future of the LGBT movement. The findings point to LGBT leaders’ desire to define movement making beyond the marriage moment. The respondents in our study, many of whom work  on marriage equality, are aware of the long road ahead, and there is a deep concern that the LGBT movement is not prepared to address a host of issues that prevent LGBT people from obtaining full equity and fairness.