Sunday, December 29, 2019

The LGBT Community The Need for an Anti-Discrimination Bill

The need for an anti-discrimination bill for members of the LGBT community is large and the discrimination against LGBT identifying individuals extends far past the workplace and into the homes and communities. Only 11 states currently provide transgender victims with protection under hate crimes. In all other states, violent crimes against transgender individuals are prosecuted without a hate crime enhancement. Transgender individuals often find it hard to find employment and feel safe. Due to the job discrimination that most trans individuals experience, they may end up unemployed. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey published statistics that show 26% of transitioning transgender persons have lost their jobs as a result of†¦show more content†¦According to the National Taskforce for Transgender Equality, 40% of transgender individuals are unemployed. There are many varying explanations for this number and often, people cite a hatred for the transgender community as reason for the high rates of unemployment. This number is startling, and it might be even more startling to find that only 16 states protect the employment of transgender individuals, meaning that the vast majority of states do not have measures already in place to protect transgender individuals from being fired for being themselves. Studies have shown that most people believe that there are already many laws in place concerning the treatment of LGBT persons in the workforce, but the truth is that there are no such laws in most states and, according to how ENDA has been voted upon in the past, there are those who believe that no such laws are necessary. While there is a growing need for ENDA, there is also a growing need for the bill to be more inclusive. Two separate times, ENDA has been revised to remove the gender identity clause from the original document. 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