Follolwing the recent marriage equality victory at the Supreme Court, the Human Rights Campaign has shifted into a new gear in the fight for equal protections for LGBT people in the workplace and in life.
The HRC on Friday released an infographic using a map of the U.S. -- with the hashtag #31Reasons -- that shows just how far the country has to go. It reveals the 31 states which “lack protections against employment and housing discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“Despite the important progress our nation has made by ensuring access to marriage, in 31 states, LGBT Americans are still at risk of being denied services or being fired for getting married and wearing their wedding ring to the office the next day or simply for being who they are,” said HRC’s vice president of policy and political affairs JoDee Winterhof in a statement on the HRC blog.
Winterhof also stressed the importance of codifying non-discrimination practices into federal law.
“A federal non-discrimination bill will ensure that all employees are hired, fired or promoted based on their performance, not their sexual orientation or gender identity,” she said.
“Everyone should have a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their families, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. That’s why in the months ahead, the Human Rights Campaign is committed to working toward a federal non-discrimination bill that provides clear, consistent and equal protections under federal law for all Americans in vital areas of life.”
View HRC’s infographic below.