Here's the issue.

Over 3 million gay and transgender adults live in states that offer no protection from any kind of workplace discrimination. That means they can be fired at any time, for any reason, and there are little to nothing they can do about it. Since 1994, legislation to change this has been introduced in every Congress but one. And each time, it has failed. Only 22 states and DC prohibit discrimination on sexual orientation. And of those, only 19 plus DC also protect from discrimination based on gender identity.

 

Equal work, unequal treatment.

Despite the strides we have made in this country to try to ensure equal opportunities, treatment, and pay for all, “all” doesn’t necessarily include someone who is gay or transgender. We have laws to protect against workplace discrimination—but only a patchwork that protect on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It's about time we ask ourselves, "How is this acceptable?"

 

We can make a difference.

It makes no difference whether you're a high school student working part-time, or a seasoned employee providing for a family... in a labor landscape as interdependent as ours, bias against one is bias against us all. Make your voice heard! The most powerful players in the campaign for workers’ rights are workers themselves. Throughout the course of the American labor movement, no victory has ever been won singlehandedly. History has proven time and time again that when workers stand together, employers listen.

 

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