Williams Institute
Discover the role of the Williams Institute, a leading research facility in the United States that releases facts and figures related to the LGBT community. Founded in 2001 by businessman Chuck Williams, the Williams Institute is a branch of the UCLA Law School that delves into public policy that relates to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay and lesbian issues. Find out more about Williams and other institutions that further the cause of LGBT rights within the United States and beyond.
STUDY: Number of Married Same-Sex Couples Up by 50 Percent in Three Years
September 30 2014 3:58 PM ET

STUDY: Number of Married Same-Sex Couples Up by 50 Percent

Trudy Ring

By the end of 2013, there were an estimated 130,000 married same-sex couples in the U.S., a 50 percent increase from three years earlier, says a new Williams Institute study.

STUDY: Religious Counseling Associated With Higher LGB Suicide Risk
June 25 2014 8:32 PM ET

STUDY: Religious Counseling Has Higher Risk of LGB Suicide

Trudy Ring

That doesn't necessarily mean it causes suicide, but the association is troubling, says a new study.

Study: Teens Do Even Better With Lesbian Parents Than Straight Ones
February 26 2014 10:18 PM ET

Study: Teens Do Even Better With Lesbian Parents Than Straight Ones

Trudy Ring

The researchers found just slight differences between teens raised by stable lesbian couples and those raised by long-term straight couples, but the few points of difference favored the lesbian-led families.

ENDA: 5 Lessons in How The Movement Works
January 06 2014 5:00 AM ET

ENDA: 5 Lessons in How The Movement Works

Kerry Eleveld

Passage in the Senate was unprecedented, and it signaled much about what still matters in our politics.

Connecticut Becomes Fifth State to Require Transgender Medical Coverage
December 31 2013 4:10 PM ET

Fifth State Requires Insurers to Cover Gender Transition

Parker Marie Molloy

The state's insurance department issued a directive informing health insurance companies operating within the state that they are now required to cover benefits.

Gay Dads Get Their Own Social Media
December 25 2013 6:00 AM ET

Gay Dads Get Their Own Social Media

Jeffrey Hartinger

GayDadSwag.com aims to make life less lonely for gay male parents.

Marriage Equality Good for New Mexico Kids, Experts Say
December 10 2013 3:27 PM ET

Marriage Equality Good for New Mexico Kids, Experts Say

Alex J Davidson

The New Mexico Pediatric Society, the New Mexico Psychological Association, and the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Social Workers all came forward for marriage equality as the state awaits a court decision.

Op-Ed: We Don't Have to Turn in Our Gay Cards Just Because We're Dads
December 02 2013 1:11 AM ET

Op-ed: Don't Turn in Your Gay Card Just Because You're a Dad

Alex J Davidson

Andy Miller, founder of the Handsome Father, expresses his disappointment with his fellow gays since he and his partner adopted their son.

Sperm or Egg: Events Seek to Pair Up Prospective LGBT Parents
November 22 2013 4:08 PM ET

Sperm or Egg: Events Seek to Pair Up Prospective LGBT Parents

Alex J Davidson

LGBT folks in the Bay Area who want to have biological children are taking the process into their own hands.

Same-Sex Marriage in New Mexico Would Benefit Thousands of Families
November 18 2013 2:30 PM ET

Same-Sex Marriage in New Mexico Would Benefit Thousands of Families

Alex J Davidson

More than 1,030 same-sex couples are raising 2,000 children in the state but not allowed to access marriage benefits, according to the Williams Institute.

Feds Offer Health Benefits to Children of Domestic Partners
November 06 2013 6:00 AM ET

Feds Change Rules, Offer Benefits for Kids of Domestic Partners

Alex J Davidson

The new rule applies to children of federal employees who are in same-sex domestic partnerships but live in states where marriage is not an option.

New Campaign Highlights Disparities, Discrimination in State Adoption Laws
November 04 2013 11:00 AM ET

New Campaign Highlights Disparities, Discrimination in State Adoption Laws

Alex J Davidson

The Family Equality Council's initiative for National Adoption Month shows LGBT people and same-sex couples face state-level hurdles that hurt their chances of becoming parents.

How Obamacare Will Affect Trans Folks and Families
November 01 2013 5:00 AM ET

How Obamacare Will Affect Trans Folks and Families

Alex J Davidson

We asked the Transgender Law Center whether new health care regulations help, hurt. or ignore trans people and their families.

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