A university and a civil-rights museum announced Thursday they are teaming up to research lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender southerners.

“Although the South is home to more LGBT adults than any other region in the country, more than half of all anti-LGBT bills proposed in the United States this year were born in the South, including the infamous ‘bathroom laws’ currently being challenged in North Carolina and beyond,” notes Heather Hughes, a spokeswoman for the joint project. 

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