All over the world, having a queer identity means living in daily fear. This discrimination can be based on who you’re attracted to, how you represent yourself, how you identify, and even your genetic makeup.
Discrimination against queer individuals is a form of violence, and should be handled effectively. Although the 1964 Civil Rights Act bars discrimination against people based on color, race, sex, nationality, or religion, it does not specifically protects minorities who fall under the LGBTQAI+ umbrella. Around 11 million people in America identify as LGBTQAI+. Of that community, 52 percent live in states without queer protection laws. This means queer individuals could be fired, doxxed, or harassed based on their gender identity and sexual orientation without any protection from the law.
You have the right to be proud of who you are, who you choose to be with, and how you identify under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet, everyday people from the LGBTQAI+ community are denied basic rights and suffer from acts of homophobia, prejudice, and discrimination in:
- The workplace or professional setting
- A medical or healthcare facility
- The housing market
- Educational institutions
- Retail settings
- Community settings or events
Only 21 states have laws that explicitly protect LGBTQAI+ members in the workplace. Many queer individuals face reinforced stereotypes and microaggressions, and even more violent acts of discrimination every day.
Some Facts on LGBTQAI+ Discrimination
- 25 percent of LGBTQAI+ people reported being discriminated against in their workplace, and being negatively affected by it.
- 27 percent of trans people reported being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion because of their identity.
- There were 369 reported cases of violent acts against trans people from October 2017 to September 2018.
- More than half of LGBTQAI+ related claims filed with EECO from 2012-2016 were from lack of protection laws.
- A study conducted by Cornell University found 95 percent of cases involving LGBTQAI+ discrimination had direct corrections to the individual’s mental health.
Choosing Your Representation
Don’t let your mental health, your job, or your everyday life become affected by homophobia and discrimination. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, call one of Premier Partners at MyCaseHelper for a free legal advice on the discrimination you’re experiencing. We have experts that can assist you in:
America made strides towards equality in 2015 with Obergefell v. Hodges and the marriage equality act. However, many same-sex couples face bureaucratic discrimination despite having a legitimate marriage. There are potential barriers to overcome when it comes to getting divorced, filing taxes, and filing insurance claims for same-sexed couples. For closeted couples living in domestic partnerships, it’s even more difficult to conquer those same hurdles. If you’re experiencing discrimination within your family life, call a family lawyer and find out what rights you and your family have.
Your self-expression shouldn’t prevent you from being hired, promoted, or trained in your workplace. You have the right to live as your most authentic self, and shouldn’t have to face rude or derogatory comments about your queer identity. This is especially important for trans and gender-nonconforming individuals choosing to transition, and who wish to be protected from this discrimination. If you’re having experiencing workplace discrimination, call an employment lawyer to know your rights.
Personal Injury, or Tort Law
If the discrimination you’ve experienced has effected your mental and physical health, or goes against your civil rights, it’s time to call personal injury lawyer. These lawyers can help obtain compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the discrimination you’ve experienced. A personal injury lawyer can also help you join or create a class-action lawsuit against the discrimination you’ve experienced if your problem is widespread occurrence. To know what your civil rights are, and to find out how you can be compensated for your pain and suffering, speak to a personal injury lawyer.