New MAP Report Examines Local LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinances, Rural-Urban Divide in Protections

By Adam Polaski • October 27, 2015 • 10:27 am

A  new report released today, October 27, from the Movement Advancement Project takes a deep dive into local non-discrimination ordinances, examining their impact on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans across the country.

The detailed study, “LGBT Policy Spotlight: Local Employment Nondiscrimination Ordinances,” shows that 70% of the geographic area of the country does not have any explicit laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination in private employment. Beyond that, nearly half of the country’s population does not extend these critical protections to LGBT people. The study highlights the growth in these protections overtime, including a brief history of the movement to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

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The report takes a particular look at the division that exists between rural and urban communities, tracking that LGBT people living in urban areas are 50 times more likely to be protected from discrimination than people living in rural areas.

MAP Executive Director Ineke Mushovic said today:

“There is a deep rural-urban divide when it comes non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. Vast geographic stretches in this country—mostly in rural areas—lack LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws. Advocates have done impressive work extending local protections, but an LGBT person in a state that lacks statewide protections is fifty times more likely to be covered by local laws if he or she lives in an urban rather than a rural area. State and federal-level nondiscrimination laws are also essential in order to provide protections for everyone.”

Don’t miss the full report here.


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