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Talking About LGBT Equality with Latinos & Hispanics

The Bottom Line

Latinos and Hispanics are solid supporters of fair and equal treatment for LGBT people. Talking About LGBT Equality with Latinos & Hispanics (which also includes Conversando con latinos sobre temas y personas gays), focuses on four key shared values - family, respect, faith, and opposition to discrimination - that form the foundation of effective conversations with Latino audiences. The guide also provides approaches for discussions that build support for marriage: a focus on shared values of family and fairness, and the importance of illustrating the harms of denying marriage to gay couples.

Recommended citation:
Movement Advancement Project and GLAAD. September 2011. "Talking About LGBT Equality with Latinos & Hispanics." MAP's Talking About LGBT Issues Series. (date of access).

Conversando con latinos sobre temas y personas gays

El apoyo de los latinos e hispanos a que se les dé un trato justo e igualitario a las personas LGBT es sólido. Conversando con latinos sobre temas y personas gays (que también incluye Talking About LGBT Equality with Latinos & Hispanics), se enfoca en cuatro valores fundamentales—familia, respeto, fe, y rechazo a la discriminación—que sirven como punto de partida para conversaciones efectivas con el público latino. La guía también brinda opciones de acercamiento para entablar discusiones que fortalezcan el apoyo para el matrimonio: un enfoque en los valores compartidos de familia y justicia, y un enfoque en ejemplos del daño que causa negarle el matrimonio a parejas gays.

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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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