Non-Discrimination Laws: Everyone Should Be Treated Fairly

All Americans – no matter what state they call home – should be treated fairly and equally by the law. But right now, it’s legal to fire someone, refuse them service at a business, or deny them housing simply because of who they are or who they love. It’s time to update the laws – federally, in the states, and locally – so that all people, including gay and transgender people, are protected from discrimination. (Click here to download a PDF version of this resource)

Discrimination is Wrong, No Matter Whom It Affects:

Gay and transgender people are our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. When it comes to being able to earn a living, having a place to live, or being served by a business or government office, they should be treated like anyone else and not be discriminated against.

Protecting people from discrimination, including gay and transgender people, is about treating others as we want to be treated. Even though we may have different beliefs, what’s most important is focusing on what we have in common—taking pride in our work, respecting our neighbors, and giving back to our communities.

All hardworking people should have the opportunity to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. Nobody should have to live in fear of being legally fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance. Employees should be judged on their qualifications, experience, and the job they do—nothing more, nothing less.

Good for Business and the Economy:

Non-discrimination policies that cover LGBT Americans – which exist in America’s armed forces, the majority of Fortune 500 companies, 18 states and hundreds of local municipalities – have helped create diverse, productive workplaces that are competitive in a global marketplace. America’s largest employers know these policies are simply good for business.

To attract talented workers, spur entrepreneurial innovation, recruit investment, and build a thriving travel and tourism industry, every state needs to welcome all people and treat everyone fairly. It’s time for the country to update non-discrimination law to protect all workers and ensure that all of America is seen as a great place to do business. These policies work for America’s leading businesses and employers, and it’s time they were the law nationwide.

Religious Freedom is Essential, But No One Should Face Discrimination:

Freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. That’s why it’s protected in the Constitution. But religious freedom doesn’t give anyone a right to discriminate or treat others unfairly. It’s about striking a balance: We can update state law to protect gay and transgender people while continuing to protect the constitutional rights of churches and religious organizations.

Treating Transgender Americans Fairly:

Because so few people personally know a transgender person, it can be hard to understand what it means to be transgender. A transgender person is someone whose body doesn’t match who they know they are on the inside, and so they transition and live as the gender they have always known themselves to be. Like all Americans, transgender people work hard to earn a living and meet their responsibilities. Updating the law will give all people, including those who are transgender, a fair opportunity to provide for themselves and their family and build a better life.

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