New Report: The State of Non-Discrimination Protections in Public Accommodations

By Shane Stahl • January 17, 2018 • 1:21 pm

Today, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released a report detailing the status of LGBTQ non-discrimination protections in places of public accommodation. Freedom For All Americans is proud to partner in the release of the report, alongside the Equality Federation and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The report goes into detail about existing protections across the country, as well as states where there are no or limited protections. With a patchwork of laws that differ between states and cities, the report contends that it is difficult for LGBTQ people to figure out where they are protected from harassment and discrimination versus where they are not.

Findings include that the majority of Americans support laws that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination — an overwhelming 72%. Additionally, 55% of business owners state that religious beliefs should not be allowed to discriminate ad refuse services to LGBTQ people.

Despite this promising polling, statistics tracking LGBTQ Americans who have experienced discrimination or harassment continue to be troubling. Nearly one quarter of all LGBTQ people report being discriminated against or harassed in public accommodations, housing, and employment. When looking at only transgender people, those numbers nearly double in every area, according to a May 2017 study by the Center for American Progress, cited in the report.

The findings are clear — although there are states and cities where non-discrimination is the law, there are simply not sufficient protections nationwide to adequately protect all LGBTQ people.

Freedom For All Americans works every day to help secure non-discrimination protections across the country for all LGBTQ people. Click here to see the landscape of LGBTQ non-discrimination protections in the states.

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