Most other high-income countries are dealing with modest numbers of new cases — often an inevitable consequence of reopening — and the countries are responding aggressively. Many are following the advice of public health experts, ordering social distancing, mask-wearing and partial lockdowns and doing their best to track people who came in contact with new patients.
The United States is not. President Trump and many governors continue to flout scientific advice and send mixed messages about the seriousness of the virus.
As the U.S. soars past the EU in coronavirus-related deaths, it’s worth noting that the population of the EU (446 million) eclipses the U.S. (328 million) by nearly 120 million.
In the graphic below, check out how many more deaths due to COVID-19 the U.S. has suffered versus the EU.
Also, Japan – which has a population of 128 million – has far fewer deaths. But wearing a face mask in the Asian country is a common practice, year in, year out.
Move.org, a great resource website for all things moving, has done a deep dive into several important factors LGBTQ folks should consider when moving to a new state to start a family and they’ve ranked all 50 states from best to worst.
Issues like hate crime legislation, same-sex adoption laws, anti-discrimination laws, LGBTQ population density and more were all taken into account
Move.org utilized data from HRC Foundation, the Movement and Advancement Project, and the Williams Institute at UCLA.
“We decided to consider the safety of LGBTQ individuals first and foremost, so we ranked whether the state had hate crime laws in place, whether or not conversion therapy was allowed for minors, and whether anti-discrimination laws were set,” wrote the researchers.
So, which state is best for starting a family?
California came out on top thanks to the Golden State’s comprehensive hate crime laws that cover both sexual orientation and gender identity, broad anti-discrimination laws, plus so-called ‘conversion therapy’ is banned for minors.
Additionally, the LGBTQ population density is pretty high at 4.9% meaning almost 1.5 million gays live there.
The rest of the top five are:
Jumping to the other end of the spectrum, West Virginia ranked last in terms of LGBTQ criteria.
The Mountain State offers no protections in terms of anti-discrimination or hate crime laws. There’s no law protecting minors from conversion therapy. Although, the state does allow same-sex couple to adopt.
The remaining bottom five are:
47. South Dakota
46. North Dakota
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t move to these states. It’s important to note that every state has a few cities that are good landing spots for LGBTQ+ families.
Click over to Move.org for a complete list of all 50 states.
A new survey from YouGov shows 29% of young Americans under age 18-29 cop to having at least some amount of bisexuality in them.
Following on from a similar study in the UK, YouGov asked people to place themselves on the sexuality scale.
Overall 78% of Americans say that they are completely heterosexual while 4% say that they are completely homosexual.
16% of American adults say that they fall somewhere in between. In this group the bulk (10%) say that they are more heterosexual than homosexual while 3% put themselves in the middle and another 3% say that they are predominantly homosexual.
While 80% of all Americans say that they are completely heterosexual or homosexual, only 66% of under-30s say the same.
29% of under-30s put themselves somewhere on the category of bisexuality.