Being part of the LGBTQ+ community is becoming more and more socially acceptable and normalized in the US. Many queer individuals are able to live their lives openly with the support of the people around them.
In addition to personal encounters and experiences, there have also been changes on a federal level. In June 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a decision with a 6-3 majority that the Title VII clause of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does include queer and trans workers. Thus, it is now illegal throughout the nation for employers to fire an employee on the basis of them being queer or trans. This is an amazing step in achieving equality, however, the fight is far from over.
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A recent study found that “more than 1 in 3 LGBTQ Americans faced discrimination of some sort in the past year” especially in relation to healthcare. Furthermore, LGBTQ+ individuals still lack federal protections in realms such as housing, credit, and public accommodations in many places. There are 27 states without explicit nondiscrimination protections and two other states only have some nondiscrimination protections. While we wait for Congress to pass legislation, individual states must pass laws to protect their LGBTQ residents. These 29 states need to follow the lead of states like California and New York to pass comprehensive nondiscrimination laws for their LGBTQ residents. No one should be denied their rights on the basis of who they love or the gender that they identify as. Sign this petition to demand that all U.S. states pass anti-discrimination laws now!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- End discrimination against LGBTQ people who want to adopt a child
- Stop Healthcare Discrimination Against LGBTQ People!
- End conversion therapy
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