Op-ed: How Discrimination Affects Our Health

2014 was a big year for LGBT rights. The number of states with marriage equality more than doubled, President Obama signed an executive order protecting more than 25 million American workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and bold members of Congress stepped forward to call for comprehensive legislation that ensures no LGBT American — no matter where they live — has to fear discrimination because of who they are or whom they love.

Our progress has been powerful. But there’s so much more to be done to make certain that each and every LGBT person across America is able to enjoy the rights our movement is fighting so hard to secure. Because despite the advances we’ve made over the last several decades, our well-being as LGBT people here at home and around the globe continues to be under siege by social forces frantic to criminalize or erase us, by employment discrimination that traps LGBT workers in low-wage jobs with no benefits, and by health insurance carriers that have historically overlooked or dismissed our health care needs.

This article was originally published in The Advocate.