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And while there were many incremental improvements in the rights of LGBT Americans over the last two decades, many occurred within the last five years. In May 2013, the Boy Scouts of America lifted the ban on gay scouts after a proposal to partially remove the ban was submitted to the 1,400 voting members of the National Council. Two years later, the Boy Scouts of America officially announced an end to that ban of openly gay scout leaders.
In 2013, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA. It aimed to prohibit employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against workers on the basis of their sexual orientation, although religious organizations would be exempt.
Two years later, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that it considers employment discrimination based on sexual orientation to be prohibited under the sex-discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice ruled that transgender people were covered under that Act.)
Before the Supreme Court marriage-equality ruling in 2015, same-sex couples were effectively unable to adopt a child together in states where they were unable to get married or enter into a civil partnership. When the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling came through, same-sex families simply became families under the law, which allowed all same-sex couples to adopt.
Indeed, same-sex couples are disproportionately providing care for the country's most vulnerable children given their high rates of adoption and fostering, says Gary J. Gates, who is now retired and previously worked as research director of the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the University of California.
'Will & Grace' exclusively focused on young, upwardly mobile professionals
Will, Grace, Karen and Jack rarely had financial problems. The show was canceled just before the Great Recession, so it's not clear how any of the characters would have been impacted by those years, if at all. But the show's somewhat privileged demographic also reflected the upwardly mobile "gayborhoods" in urban centers around the country.
Indeed, earlier this year, dating site OKCupid (IAC) and real-estate site Trulia calculated the impact of "neighborhood pride (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-house-prices-in-gay-neighborhoods-are-soaring-2017-06-08)" on property prices. They cross-referenced the percentage of OKCupid users in each zip code with households headed by same-sex couples, based on the 2015 Census Bureau's American Community Survey. (If 30% of OKCupid users in one ZIP code were looking for love and 15% of those households were same-sex couples, they got a score of 0.45.)