Why are there laws to protect LGBTQ people?

Why are there laws to protect LGBTQ people?

Housing nondiscrimination laws protect LGBTQ people from being unfairly evicted, denied housing, or refused the ability to rent or buy housing on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

How is gender equality enshrined in the law?

• Through constitutional or other legislative means, the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination against women are enshrined in domestic law and given overriding and enforceable status.12 5CEDAW General Recommendation 28, Para. 16.

Are there any laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation?

See the State-by-State Statutes (button to the lower left of the map) for more detail for every state. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) currently interprets the Fair Housing Act’s ban on sex-based discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

How much of the LGBTQ population live in states that do not prohibit discrimination?

35 % of LGBTQ population lives in states that do not prohibit discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity (including 2% of LGBTQ population living in states that preempt local nondiscrimination laws)

Are there any policies for gender identity discrimination?

Gender identity discrimination can affect anyone. Policies barring gender identity discrimination not only protect those who openly identify as transgender or express their gender in a non-conforming way.

Why are there laws to protect against gender discrimination?

… Gender discrimination undermines the dignity of its victims and makes it difficult to work, to obtain housing, to get an education, or to engage in other life activities. The federal government has laws to protect those suffering from gender discrimination.

Are there any federal laws that protect transgender people?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo Wednesday asserting that federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work. The memo refers specifically to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex.

Are there federal laws that protect sexual orientation?

“This Department remains committed to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals, and will continue to enforce the numerous laws that Congress has enacted that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”