Indiana Service Providers for LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections

 

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Dear Senators,

As community members and service providers committed to supporting vulnerable Hoosiers, we see the effects of discrimination against LGBTQ people every day through our work.

Indiana is the home of Hoosier hospitality, but right now, the estimated 272,000 Indiana residents who identify as LGBTQ are vulnerable to discrimination in key areas of life because of a lack of statewide protections and explicit federal law. LGBTQ Hoosiers still face discrimination in healthcare, housing, public spaces, and federal funded programs and services.

Nationally, nearly 30 percent of houseless transgender individuals reported being turned away from a shelter due to their gender identity. A recent study from the University of Chicago found that LGBTQ young people are 120 percent more likely to experience houselessness than non-LGBTQ youth.

Some of our cities have enacted local ordinances to help make communities more inclusive, but even when protections exist, each time an LGBTQ person commutes to another city for work or visits other states, their level of protection changes. Usage and enforcement of these protections can vary widely from city to city. This creates a confusing tangle of local ordinances, state laws, court opinions and administrative rulings that is all but impossible for the average person to navigate.

A majority of Hoosiers—73 percent—say they support federal nondiscrimination protections, in line with the 76 percent of all Americans and 62 percent of Republicans who say the same.

We hope that you will hear and echo their support for the Equality Act so that all who call our great state home can be protected from discrimination.

Signed,
Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County
Center for Nonviolence
Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention
Coburn Place
Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc
Damien Center
Family Support Services of West Central Indiana
Hope Springs Safe House
HVAF of Indiana, Inc
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Indiana United Ways
Indiana Youth Group
Jackson County United Way
Mental Health America – Wabash Valley Region
Middle Way House
New Directions of Decatur County
RCVA
Southern Indiana Pride, Inc
Stepping Stone Shelter for Women
The LGBTQ Center
Trinity Haven, Inc
United Way of Central Indiana
United Way of Whitley and Kosciusko Counties
YWCA Evansville
YWCA Greater Lafayette
YWCA North Central Indiana
YWCA Northeast Indiana