Thursday, December 11, 2014

New LGBT Discrimination Report

The Center for American Progress released a groundbreaking new report outlining the extensive discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people in core facets of American life. The report, titled, “We the People: Why Congress & U.S. States Must Pass Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections” is the first comprehensive review detailing the evidence of discrimination against our LGBT community in employment, housing, public accommodations, education & credit. Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs at CAP stated, “With the astounding pace at which courts are overturning same gender marriage prohibitions, it is easy to think that the LGBT community enjoys equality in all facets of American life. Discrimination is very real and far too common for LGBT Americans in all vital areas of life & this report makes the case for why a comprehensive approach to protecting the LGBT community is urgently needed.” To address these inequities, the report calls for major legislation to extend protections to all Americans. Roughly 30 states currently lack explicit protections from discrimination against LGBT people & their families when they attempt to find and keep jobs, secure homes, gain quality education, or access the goods & services necessary to live. This discrimination causes disproportionate rates of homelessness, unemployment, poverty, poor health & other negative outcomes within the LGBT 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.
Read Full Report: americanprogress.org
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