In many areas, such as in the workplace, discrimination against the LGBTQ community is illegal. All people are supposed to have the same options and get the same treatment, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In practice, however, this does not happen all the time. Many people within this community still face a tremendous amount of discrimination. It can be disheartening for them to feel like they’re not making progress or getting the types of freedoms that are guaranteed to them by law.
One thing to consider may be the presence of additional factors that can make this discrimination even worse. Some studies have reported that people with multiple factors may be discriminated against much more often.
What have studies found?
According to one report, young people report discrimination in this area more often than older individuals. This can mean that younger people are discriminated against more, or it may simply mean that they are more proactive about protecting their rights or more aware of the unfair treatment that they’re facing. It may be that older generations felt there was no alternative, whereas younger generations know that things shouldn’t be this way and want to put an end to discrimination.
That said, discrimination was found more often with members of the LGBTQ community who were also individuals of color or who suffered from various disabilities. Transgender individuals also reported higher levels of discrimination.
What options do you have?
If you have been discriminated against and your rights have been violated in any way, it is absolutely crucial that you know what legal steps you can take to defend your interests.