Reports & Research

Movement Analysis: The Impact of the 2012 Presidential Election on the LGBT Policy Agenda

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November 07, 2012

In November of 2012, Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term as president of the United States, providing significant and meaningful opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and our advocates. An additional four years of a known and proven ally for the LGBT community means that the changes achieved in federal policy since January 2009 can continue to be implemented and ingrained in the federal agency ethos through 2016, and advocates can continue to pursue an aggressive policy agenda on behalf of LGBT people and families. This paper will analyze the powers of the president and role of federal administrative agencies in setting policies that affect LGBT people and their families; the stakes of the 2012 presidential election for the LGBT federal policy agenda; the LGBT policy changes achieved in the last four years; and what the election results may mean for the future of the LGBT community’s policy agenda.