The Definitive Gay Rights in America Infographic
The Guardian has published the gay rights in America infographic to end all gay rights in America infographics…until the next, updated gay rights in America infographic comes along, I suppose. Whatever.
This here is merely a snapshot of the chart. Do yourself a favor and go fiddle with the interactive version on The Guardian for just long enough to be dazzled by their graphic design team, but then get off before the despondency of our nation’s assbackwardness sets in.
I’ve lived good portions of my 28 years on this planet in Pennsylvania (Extremely poor), New Jersey (Excellent), Massachusetts (Full equality), Colorado (Very good), Louisiana (Extremely poor), and Washington State (Full equality). It’s been my experience that the city you live in often has more to do with your experience as an LGBT person than the laws on the books.
While Colorado provides many rights and protections for gays, you would never have guessed it in tiny Alamosa, where I lived just north of the New Mexico border. The opposite goes for Philadelphia, where gays enjoy relatively safe and open lives even as Pennsylvania provides a shamefully low number of rights and protections (the lowest of all Northeastern states) to LGBT citizens.
New Orleans, where my partner and I are opening our restaurant, is the fastest growing LGBT destination in the country, and one of the biggest gay Meccas in the world, though you would never guess it from the lack of any real LGBT rights or protections provided by Louisiana.
How does YOUR state rank? And does your state’s position on LGBT rights and protections line up with your hometown experience? Let us know in the comments below. We’re really curious about what you have to say on this one!
(via The Guardian)