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.
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.
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.