Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands all have a “low” LGBT policy tally, according to a new report from the Movement Advancement Project, which focused on the status of LGBTQ equality legislation in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories.
According to the report, Puerto Rico topped the list in terms of having the most number of LGBTQ responsive policies and regulations. The report noted that only Puerto Rico has taken proactive steps to update policies and procedures allowing transgender people to update identity documents.
Guam tried to introduce legislation in 2018 but it failed to pass.
Meanwhile, the report also highlighted Guam’s LGBTQ friendly laws, including its prohibition of bullying based on sexual orientation in 2011.
According to the report, the lack of inclusion of the territories in many surveys combined with the fact that very few surveys, in general, ask questions about sexual orientation and/or gender identity mean that data about the number of LGBTQ people living in the territories, let alone demographics about them or their experiences remain extremely limited.