Discrimination around the United States

This is a map that shows which states in the United States have laws that prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.  As shown, the majority of the states have no laws to protect their workers, which has made many individuals afraid to come out as gay or transgender at work.  Those who have come out continue to fear going to work.

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Workplace Discrimination

This is an infographic that brings attention to the workplace challenges that LGBT and transgender individuals face. The problems that they face in the workplace could lead to a highly disproportionate rate of unemployment if action isn’t taken soon.

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Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

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Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving workplace equality for all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. Out & Equal strives for equality through its partnerships with large corporations including Dell, PepsiCo, IBM, Bank of America, and many others. Each year, the organization hosts a Workplace Summit, bringing together over 4,000 LGBT employees and executives from around the world. Attached is a clip of highlights from last year’s summit: https://youtu.be/RVIjkxcY4Hg

Through the organization’s events and workplace training, we believe society is moving in the direction of equality and acceptance for all in the workplace.

Discrimination Against LGBTQ In Most States

The video below explains how although same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, it is still currently legal for an employer to fire its worker based on their gender identity.

http://www.vox.com/2015/4/22/8465027

Even though many states are working towards equality for all, most civil rights laws do not protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.  Those within this community are often denied jobs, housing, and service in restaurants or other areas of the general public.

There are way too many instances of people being scared to be open about their gender identity in their place of work because they are scared of being fired and for their physical safety.

Gender Identity Across the Country

The Human Rights Organization recently published a report on the main issues concerning gender identity in American schools. The study, which was done based on more than 500 student, teacher, parent, and other interviews, indicated that the lack of LGBTQ education amongst kids is detrimental to the lives of many and a key contributor to instances of bullying, harassment, and discrimination.

While a number of states have been working to implement policies that protect the rights of LGBTQ youth in schools, a great deal of progress is still needed to be made. Additionally, many administrations have remained opposed to the idea of any gender identity curriculum to be implemented in a classroom setting.

Below is a map identifying the states that have laws against teaching LGBTQ issues in school. Limiting such education will only continue to hurt not only those who are victims of gender discrimination, but also society as a whole.us1216_antilgbt_map-01_0

“Dear Colleague” letter

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The link below contains a “Dear Colleague” letter that was addressed to all school districts and colleges that receive funding from the federal government.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2017/images/02/22/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf

This letter was created by the former Obama administration in an effort to prevent gender identity discrimination in schools. In a nutshell, this letter said that federal funding will be revoked from schools that are not accepting of transgender students.

Despite this positive intentions of this letter, some schools refused to cooperate with its guidelines. By doing this, these districts have hindered the growth of students both academically and morally. These students are being taught that discrimination based on gender identity is acceptable. It is baffling to see that some schools would rather lose funding than allow for students to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Note: This letter is no longer active. The Trump administration has decided that this issue is to be addressed at the state level.