9.5M LGBT Adults in U.S. would be Protected under New Equality Bill


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Public opinion polling indicates that 78% of Americans support federal protections from discrimination for LGBT people.

Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 23, 2015.

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 1.57.48 PM According to the Williams Institute, The Equality Act, introduced today in Congress, would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, credit, federal funding and jury service.

About 9.5 million adults in the U.S. identify as LGBT, according to Williams Institute Research Director Gary Gates. Discrimination against LGBT people has been well documented in a variety of sources.

  • In nine surveys conducted in the past 10 years, 19% to 78% of LGBT people reported experiencing discrimination or harassment based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at work.
  • Gay men earn 10 percent to 32 percent less than heterosexual men who have the same productive characteristics, such as experience and level of education.
  • About 83% of American adults report in…

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