The unfortunate reality is that the LGBTQ community has long faced significant discrimination. This was perhaps best exemplified by the fact that gay marriage was not even legal in all 50 states up until 2015.
But that has changed now, and gay couples can get married in any state that they would like. Does this mean that discrimination toward this group is coming to an end? Or do people within this community still feel like they face consistent discrimination?
Discrimination is still very common
As you may have guessed, discrimination definitely still happens in a lot of different areas. It can impact people on the job, at school and in other ways within their local communities. According to one report, roughly one-third of all LGBTQ Americans claimed that they were discriminated against in one way or another in 2019. This information was compiled for the 2020 report, which is one of the most recent reports to look into this issue.
According to the report, discrimination was even more common for transgender Americans. They claimed they had faced discrimination at a rate of 3 out of 5.
The discrimination itself can take many different forms, and the toll that it takes is obvious. If it happens in the workplace, people can lose their jobs or even their careers. It has been linked to decreasing mental and physical health. Even though some barriers have been removed, such as the prohibition against getting married in many states, this group is still marginalized in many ways.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against and that your rights have been violated, it’s very important to understand all of the legal options at your disposal.