Social science

The big picture: marriage itself continues to evolve, with a big push from economics

August 30, 2011

Following is the transcript from a PBS News Hour segment on "the new geography of marriage;" video here. Both experts being interviewed, who come from quite different political vantage points, agree that divorce rates are driven in significant measure by economics, a pattern that gets reflected geographically in state-by-state comparisons. There is also a broader […]

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I thought they all lived somewhere else

August 25, 2011

Ah, the power of numbers and maps. Using Census Bureau data (that counts only households, and therefore can identify same-sex couples but not individual lgbt persons), Williams Institute ace demographer Gary Gates continues to generate analyses that tell us and the rest of the world where we are and where we cluster. And there is […]

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Data on same-sex marriages and civil unions in the U.S.

July 13, 2011

The Williams Institute has published the data chart below. Note the dramatic jump in the number of marriages in 2008, reflecting the period during that year when same-sex marriage was legal in California.   

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Important new report on gay/trans socio-legal status in Europe

July 5, 2011

The Council of Europe has issued an extraordinarily thorough report (available on the web here) on the legal and social status of lgbt people across Europe. This will be a foundational document for anyone interested in trans-national studies of sexuality and gender. The report has two parts: one on legal status and one on social status. […]

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HHS takes lead in laying foundation for data-driven policies on lgbt health issues

June 29, 2011

From Metro Weekly: Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a plan to include sexual orientation and gender identity in health data collection, a result of discretion granted to the secretary of HHS in a provision of the Affordable Care Act addressing data collection regarding health disparities.  Specifically, today's plan requires "HHS [to] integrate questions […]

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Secretary Sebelius makes “fantastic” commitment to data on sex/o and GI

June 22, 2011

From the Blade: Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius committed on Tuesday to start the collection LGBT data as part of federal health surveys, although she said the questions that would be used to gather the information must first be market-tested before they’re made as part of any questionnaire.  During a news conference at the […]

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