Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Why Gay and Transgender Discrimination Outside the Workplace: We Need Protections in Housing, Health Care, and Public Accommodations

By Crosby Burns, Philip Ross
Posted on Center for American Progress, reposted at

An overflow crowd listens to a testimony on a gay civil rights bill during a public hearing in Olympia, Washington.

Many people know that gay and transgender individuals experience high rates of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. But gay and transgender individuals also experience discrimination in other areas, such as housing, healthcare, and areas of public accommodations. Unfortunately, no federal law currently exists to shield gay and transgender individuals from discrimination.

Activists and lawmakers have long advocated for laws such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, that would protect gay and transgender workers from senseless discrimination on the job. More needs to be done to combat discrimination against gay and transgender Americans not only in the workplace, but in all spheres of life.

This memo examines this problem more closely to show why comprehensive legislation is needed to protect these Americans.

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