Half of US states lack most basic protections for LGBTQ people, 报告发现

Half of US states fail to offer basic protections for LGBTQ people, according to a report by the country’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group.

The Human Rights Campaign’s State Equality Index examines state-level policies impacting LGBTQ people and their familiesprotections like non-discrimination policies in employment, housing and public accommodations, 例如.
This year’s report, which organized states into four categories based on their anti-discriminatory statutes, determined that there are 25 states in the lowest-ranked category, dubbedhigh priority to achieve basic equality.
We have seen an increase in the number of states that are providing comprehensive protection,” Alphonso David, president of HRC, 告诉CNN. “然而, it is important to highlight that half of all Americans live in states that lack those protections.

    Improvements are being made

    The report signaled a slight improvement from 2019, when two more states, Kansas and Virginia, were included in the lowest category. 自那时候起, Kansas has moved up one category tobuilding equality,” while Virginia, after a year of landmark LGBTQ legislation, moved up two categories tosolidifying equality.
    在四月份 2020, Virginia became the first state in the South to pass non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing, employment and public spaces after Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Values Act.
    Advocacy efforts in Virginia also led to the protection of youth from conversion therapy, the inclusion of a non-binary gender marker on state IDs, the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity for hate crime protections and a repeal of the ban on same-sex marriages and unions from the Virginia Code.
    The report’s highest-ranked category, “working toward innovative equality,” 包括 19 states with a range of LGBTQ protections already in place. Advocates in these statesincluding New Hampshire and Hawaii —- focus on innovative legislation to support the needs of vulnerable populations, 报告说.

    Discrimination persists

    After a year that saw the most anti-transgender bills ever filed in one legislative session, the report predicts that transgender discrimination will persist 通过 2021.
      之间 2019 和 2020, bills targeting transgender people nearly tripled, 根据报告. That included attempts to ban trans participation in school sportsaccess to affirming healthcare.
      “不幸, we are seeing an increase in anti-LGBTQ bills,” David said, adding that HCR has helped defeat over 700 anti-LGBTQ bills in the last five years. “This is not a surprise, because every time we see dramatic improvements or shifts — 要么, I should say, when we win elections, or when there are significant Supreme Court decisionsthere’s a backlash.

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