The American Dream rests on the promise of equal access to the central pillars of opportunity, including a stable job, home, quality education, and basic necessities such as food and clothing. Unfortunately, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people and their families are denied access to and equal treatment in these fundamental aspects of American life. Today, roughly 30 states lack enumerated protections from discrimination for LGBT Americans in finding a job, gaining an education, or securing goods and services.
The Center for American Progress’ report, “We The People: Why Congress and the U.S. States Must Pass Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Protections” outlines the pervasive discrimination faced by LGBT Americans in all facets of life, from the workplace, to schools, to the public marketplace. The report calls on Congress and the state legislatures to pass explicit comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people and their families in employment, housing, credit, education, and public accommodations. The following fact sheets summarize the pervasive discrimination faced in each area of life, current state and federal protections, and recommendations for expanding opportunity for all Americans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Sarah McBride is a Research Associate on the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Laura Durso is the Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Sharita Gruberg is a Senior Policy Analyst on the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Hannah Hussey is a Research Associate on the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress.