The 2016 Election: A resource for voters and journalists on LGBT issues

LGBT & allied voters are crucial to accelerating acceptance in the United States. Whether we are building towards electing the nation's next president, voting on local or national representatives, or deciding on ballot initiatives, every vote counts in the movement for full equality.

Though marriage equality became the law of the land in the summer of 2015, the LGBT movement has never been about one single issue. Indeed, advocates are working continuously to make full legal protections a reality for all, including the right to work without being fired for who you are, adopting and having children without discriminatory legal obstacles, access to fair voting and affordable healthcare, safety from targeted acts of violence or bullying, dismantling racism that undermines the well-being of LGBT people of color, and more.

As we move to create not just a system of legal equality but also a culture of full acceptance, GLAAD offers a series of resources about LGBT-related policy and legal issues for both voters and the media professionals who inform them. This page and its sections, as well as Voting While Trans and Faith & the Midterm Elections, will empower voters to cast informed ballots about LGBT-related matters, as well as the media to report fairly and accurately about oft-misunderstood matters that impact the daily lives of LGBT Americans.

Here is background on a number of topics likely to come up as voters go to the polls in 2016:

 

Focusing on Faith in Reporting

In 2014, GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released "In Focus: Faith, LGBT People, & the Midterm Elections,” a groundbreaking resource guide that empowers journalists to challenge anti-LGBT talking heads who mask bias as a ‘tenet of faith.’ The guide is designed to help the media provide accurate information about LGBT people and faith in the lead up to the 2014 midterm elections. Mainstream media outlets use far fewer religious sources from Mainline Protestant, Jewish, or other denominations whose messages were predominantly positive and accepting of LGBT people. Far too often, outlets frame stories as "God vs. Gay," inaccurately representing the current climate of acceptance across faith communities today. The guide seeks to correct these disparities in reporting.

 

Recent news about the 2014 Elections

Midterm exit polls show marriage equality's momentum, staying power | November 6, 2014

Jeremy Hooper looks at the election results, not to examine which party won or lost, but to find that support for marriage equality continues to hold strong, despite whoever is in power.

Photos and tweets: GLAAD's social media followers share their Election Day selfies | November 4, 2014

Today is Election Day, and people everywhere are headed to the polls.

LGBT and allied celebrities want you to come out and vote | November 4, 2014

Today is Election Day, and the polls are open! If you haven't voted yet, get out there to do it. Just take a look at who is encouraging you to come out and vote on social media.

LGBT advocates tell the truth about Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance on #IStandSunday | November 3, 2014

On Sunday, anti-LGBT activists gathered at Grace Community Church for a rally criticizing Houston's openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, and her support for the city's recently passed non-discrimination ordinance.

LGBT representation in the midterm election | October 30, 2014

Many LGBT-identified individuals are running for government positions in this year's midterm elections.

"Voting While Trans" PSA, two years later | October 24, 2014

Since the "Voting While Trans" PSA was released two years ago, voting rights for minorities have become more of a challenge than ever.

Rock the Vote launches #TurnOutForWhat video challenge | October 10, 2014

Following their recent video's viral success, Rock the Vote just announced a new way to take action and get invovled in the upcoming 2014 Midterm Elections

Questions we'd like reporters to ask at the Values Voter Summit | September 22, 2014

Typically, the media portrays the Values Voters Summit as little more than a right-leaning political gathering. The truth is that the Values Voters Summit has an assembled roster that deserves accountability for their actions.