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Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety

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April 12, 2013

 

As the Supreme Court weighed arguments on same-sex marriage, Chief Justice John Roberts wondered aloud from the bench whether action on the issue by the court was necessary, because “politicians are falling all over themselves” to bring the legal rights of gay and lesbian Americans in line with those of everyone else. If only this were true. In up to 34 states it’s still legal for employers to deny jobs to citizens simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The lack of legal protections in two-thirds of the states for members of the LGBT community means that more people live in poverty and have a harder time making it simply because their rights aren’t on an equal footing with other Americans. This is even more the case for LGBT women and people of color, where employment discrimination fuels an even broader economic crisis.

At GLAAD, through our  our news and field work and our National People of Color Media initiative, we work to ensure the media include LGBT people of color's voices and shed light on the ways LGBT people of color face disproportionate violence and health and economic barriers.