We the People: Why Congress and U.S. States Must Pass Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

Source: Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, Hannah Hussey, Sharita Gruberg, Bishop Gene Robinson, Center for American Progress, December 2014

From the summary:
…This report catalogues the multiple areas of public life in which LGBT people are not afforded uniform and explicit protections under federal or state law. It reviews evidence of the discrimination that LGBT Americans face when seeking and attempting to keep jobs, gaining education, securing shelter, applying for loans, or seeking to access public spaces and businesses. The report then outlines the turbulent history of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for both the LGBT community and other protected classes. The report also analyzes opponents’ arguments against nondiscrimination protections; in particular, it scrutinizes the discussions around religious-based justification for discrimination and objections to transgender individuals utilizing sex-segregated facilities in accordance with their gender identity.
Based on this analysis, the report recommends the following actions to address discrimination against LGBT Americans in everyday life:
• Congress should pass a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, public accommodations, housing, credit, and federal funding.
• State and local governments should pass similar protections for their residents. In addition to federal legislation, these measures are necessary to ensure that LGBT individuals have the same layers of protections and solutions that are available to non-LGBT individuals.
• Congress and state legislatures should appropriate necessary funds for full enforcement of nondiscrimination protections.
• State governments should utilize existing sex and/or gender-identity and sexual-orientation protections to ensure inclusive and respectful treatment of LGBT employees, residents, and customers, including regulations and guidance that ensure transgender individuals will be treated in accordance with their stated gender identity in all facilities, programs, and covered interactions.
• Both government and private institutions should collect more data to fully document and understand the discrimination that LGBT Americans face.
• Private businesses and government entities should establish or expand workplace diversity and competency trainings for employees.
• Congress should amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, to clarify that the law cannot be misconstrued to allow discrimination against third parties….
Millennials Overwhelmingly Support Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections
Source: Sarah McBride & Zenen Jaimes Pérez, Center for American Progress, April 7, 2015
A new Generation Progress poll shows widespread support among Millennials for legislation that bans discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing, and other areas of life.

Fact Sheets: Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Protections

Source: Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, Sharita Gruberg, Hannah Hussey, Center for American Progress, March 10, 2015
The federal government still lacks enumerated nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Congress needs to ensure fairness for all people in every area of life.