As our LGBT community gets closer to achieving marriage equality it’s still legal to fire, refuse housing, or deny service to Americans based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity in 30 states. This discrimination causes disproportionate rates of homelessness, unemployment, poverty & negative health outcomes within the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender community. With marriage equality continuing its overwhelming success in courts across the country, the time is now to continue the conversation about ensuring basic protections for all Americans. In an effort to shed light on this pervasive discrimination, the Center for American Progress will unveil a major report outlining discrimination against LGBT people in many facets of American life at an event on December 10th headlined by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the lead sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate. The report calls on the U.S. Congress to take a comprehensive approach to securing non-discrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit & federal funding for LGBT Americans. Panelists include Representative Mark Takano (D- Calif.)
Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, Reverend Delman Coates, Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Sarah McBride, CAP Special Assistant & co-author of the report. It takes place December 10th 9:30A to 11A at the Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor in Washington, D.C.
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