Today the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, released “2011 Flashpoints for LGBT Equality,” a media primer on the LGBT issues landscape for the coming year.  The document includes a new analysis of the make-up of the 112th Congress being sworn in today and shows that anti-LGBT lawmakers hold a majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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As the report states, this new year brings new challenges for LGBT people, but also new opportunities. Last year’s elections that resulted in the loss of the House to an anti-equality leadership, along with more anti-LGBT senators, will certainly impede – but not entirely stop – pro-LGBT federal legislative efforts. Looking at the states however, there are clear opportunities for advancing an equality agenda, including in the area of relationship recognition for same-sex couples. Of course, anti-LGBT forces will to try to turn back the clock at every opportunity, and fair-minded Americans will continue to be vigilant to preserve pro-equality laws across the country.

As the new Congress is sworn in this today, there is no denying that pro-LGBT numbers have shrunk on Capitol Hill. HRC’s new analysis shows a pick-up of 53 House seats to anti-LGBT lawmakers as well as a 5 seat addition in the Senate. Not only do those opposing basic equality hold positions of power as House leaders and committee chairmen, their ranks have swollen to 225 – a solid majority of the chamber. This presents not just a roadblock to progress but also the threat of legislation that could be damaging to the community.


111th      112th    Variance

Anti-LGBT         172        225       +53
Pro-LGBT          196        167        -29
Mixed Record    65          43          -22


111th      112th    Variance

Anti-LGBT           35          40         +5
Pro-LGBT            42          40          -2
Mixed Record      23          20          -3

The document outlines anticipated flashpoints in Congress, federal administrative changes, state legislatures and courts as well as in American culture and communities.

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