LGBTQ individuals deserve equal treatment and protection against discrimination at work, school, and in their community nationwide.
The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same sex marriage was a great victory for this country, but the fight for equal rights isn’t over. Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is still legal in many states, so businesses can refuse to serve someone food or lease an apartment simply because of their sexual orientation. The problem is exacerbated for transgender people. They face everyday discrimination that often goes unnoticed, from workplace dress codes to ridiculous regulations about which bathrooms they use. Transgender people are 50% more likely to be unemployed, and tragically 50% of transgender youth attempt suicide before their 20th birthday. This is unacceptable.
We need to pass the Full Equality Act to ensure LGBT individuals are protected against discrimination at work, school, and in their community nationwide. And we need to pass laws that protect and recognize transgender individuals as important members of our society instead of outsiders.