Lessons from Florida’s Defense of LGBT Rights
Equality Florida Co-founder and CEO Nadine Smith talks about the challenges facing the movement, and how her state has achieved pro-LGBT wins in a tough climate.
Survey of 50 States Finds Widespread Support for LGBT Rights Across the United States
A landmark national survey by PRRI of over 40,000 Americans, including results for all 50 states finds approximately 69% of Americans support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people today.
Equality makes us stronger as a nation. When communities and governments treat all people fairly—including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender—it benefits everyone. The United States has made important progress in extending equal rights to LGBT people, but we still have a long way to go.
Today, solid majorities of Americans support laws and policies aimed at reducing discrimination against LGBT people. People across the country have come to understand that the strength and the success of our communities and our economy depend on the diverse talents and skills of all people. We’re all better off when everyone has a chance to thrive.
But the fact is, it’s still legal in most states to deny people housing or refuse to serve them in a restaurant or other business—simply because they are gay or transgender.
Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation only
Don’t prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay and transgender people are protected from employment discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Outside of employment, however, more than half of LGBT people still lack basic civil rights protections because they live in a state without them. In other words, it is still legal in most states to deny people housing, refuse to serve them in a restaurant or other business, or allow taxpayer-funded programs to
turn away people simply because they are gay or transgender.
It’s time to end this unfair patchwork and extend equal protections from coast to coast.
We’re standing up for the principle that discrimination against LGBT people is profoundly harmful, morally wrong, and it is long past time for the federal government to respond. To this end, we are supporting:
the bipartisan public education campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. Its work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive non-discrimination protections.
to enlist LGBT people, parents, faith leaders, allies, and others to explain to policymakers and those seeking office the profound harms caused by anti-LGBT discrimination and the urgent need for a response from the federal government.
to enlist their supporters and use their expertise to further the educational work of Freedom for All Americans Education Fund and state-based equality groups.
to bolster the need to advance LGBT protections while protecting religious liberties and push back against attempts to block progress through untruthful and malicious attacks on transgender people.
The United States is viewed around the world as a land of opportunity and freedom—a place where people who work hard, follow the law, and meet their responsibilities have a chance to get ahead and make a positive difference. It’s time to ensure that this vision is a reality for LGBT Americans—and for everyone.
Matt oversees the Fund’s extensive support for the drive for equal rights and opportunities for LGBT people.
All men are created equal. No matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.Harvey Milk