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2012 MAP Report Shows Funding Increases for LGBT Orgs

Pride FlagPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The 2012 MAP (Movement Advancement Project) report out today shows that LGBT organizations are seeing an uptick in funding following the economic recession. The report, which looks at the finances of 40 major LGBT organizations including HRC, found a 17 percent increase in org funding from 2010 to 2011, and an 11 percent increase from 2011 to 2012.

The increases in funding are paying off – in 2010, we achieved repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy; while 2012 was a historic year for marriage – in addition to President Barack Obama becoming the first sitting president to announce his support, voters in three states affirmed marriage for same-sex couples, while voters in Minnesota rejected an attempt to write discrimination against LGBT people into the state constitution.

The MAP report also found that, despite the increases in funding for equality organizations, our opponents continue to have the advantage when it comes to deep pockets. The 40 participating LGBT organizations reported a total of just over $125 million in 2010 expenses, while just the top ten anti-LGBT groups reported $323 million. Focus on the Family alone nearly matches all 40 LGBT orgs, with 2010 expenditures of over $110 million. The Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and National Organization for Marriage are among the other top anti-LGBT groups.

Read the full report.

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