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Top States To Live In If You’re A Member Of The LGBTQ+ Community
The LGBTQ+ community is comprised of about 14 million Americans across the United States and has had monumental moments in the past 10 years, including protecting Same-Sex marriage in 2015. However, some states are not as welcoming as others, and USA Today and Out Leadership have determined which states are the best and worst to live in as LGBTQ+.
With a ranking system out of 100, each state’s protective laws and policies, as well as the residents’ personal, political, and religious attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community, have been assessed. In addition to this, Out Leadership has taken into account each state’s nondiscriminatory protections.
New York takes the lead with a score of 93 out of 100 due to its long-standing LGBTQ+ history and protective laws, followed by Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. California and Oregon also rank high on the list as San Francisco houses the country’s first Gay Community Center and the first Same-Sex marriage license.
Topping the list for the worst states for LBGTQ+ people to live is South Carolina with a score of 33.63, followed by Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, South Dakota, and Montana. However, these states also house many major LGBTQ+ cities including New Orleans, Nashville, and Austin.