Equality Federation's #discriminationexists campaign educates, goes viral

Equality Federation has dedicated this week to demonstrating that #DiscriminationExists in conjunction with 43 statewide LGBT groups to educate the country on the many lingering legal hurdles for LGBT Americans.

Despite the facts that over 70% of people believe that gay and transgender folks deserve legal protection from discrimination, and that marriage equality is becoming a reality in a growing number of states, more than 206 million LGBT people and their families live in states that do not explicitly protect them from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"Most Americans support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. In fact, a majority of people polled are shocked when they discover that these protections do not already exist," Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation, wrote in an op-ed for The Huffington Post. "We need your help to build awareness so that together we can create the kind of fair society all people should have."

According to the #DiscriminationExists campaign, 35% of Americans live in states that have marriage equality but lack explicit, fully-inclusive statewide workplace protections for LGBT people. The campaign's site features a state-by-state breakdown of laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination, in relation to marriage, adoption, hate crimes, employment, housing, insurance, and more.

Along with sharing important statistics to educate people about anti-LGBT discrimination, people and advocacy organizations across the country have taken to social media to bring personal touches to the campaign, making the message go viral.


It's not too late for you to participate. Visit discriminationexists.org/participate to find out how.