Know Your LGBTQ* Rights!
The thing about living in the United States is: not everything is mandated by the federal government. Some laws are left up to individual states and their constituents. Unfortunately, this means that not all states provide legal protection for you as an LGBTQ*-identified employee. In fact, in several US states, workplace rights and protections vary by county, or even by city. How frustrating and confusing is that? Have you checked on your rights lately?
States that prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as protection from harassment based on your sexual orientation:
Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, parts of Wisconsin.
States that prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as protection from harassment based on your sexual orientation AND your gender identity:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Colombia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
States where it is currently legal to discriminate based on an LGBTQ*-identity:
Alabama , Alaska , Arizona , Arkansas , Florida , Georgia , Idaho , Indiana , Kansas , Kentucky , Louisiana , Michigan , Mississippi , Missouri , Montana , Nebraska , North Carolina , North Dakota , Ohio, Oklahoma , Pennsylvania , South Carolina , South Dakota , Tennessee , Texas , Utah , Virginia , West Virginia , Wyoming.
Note From Ruth Elizabeth: Feeling as sick to your stomach as I am? Send a letter to your congress-person and tell them you want them to pass ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act). This would provide federal protection for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, so you can stop googling your workplace rights every time you move cities, counties, or states.
LGBTQ* Firsts and People You Should Know
Mary C. Morgan
Judge Morgan was appointed on 26 August 1981, in San Francisco, by Governor Jerry Brown. She was the FIRST openly lesbian judge in the United States.
LGBTQ* & PFLAG Information You May Have Missed
Text below by amazing Tumblr blogger PFLAGmom (pflagmom.tumblr)
“Their two major goals are: 1. to place on the 2014 Missouri ballot an initiative banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. and 2. A constitutional amendment supporting marriage equality in Missouri. These are daunting tasks to say the least. But this just may be the time to get this done. I live in a small town in Missouri and our local public school system (where my son had to fight to get the GSA recognized 6 years ago) has recently added sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination statement. This is huge!! I’m involved now in a letter-writing campaign at my university to have our non-discrimination statement amended to add sexual-orientation. This year, our Board of Governors may actually pass it! Now- to the state level!
It is estimated (based on polls) that up to 60% of Missourians support nondiscrimination protection for LGBT people. We just need to get the measure on the ballot THEN fight to get it get it passed.”
If you are a registered voter in Missouri or have friends/family who are, please read the rest of the post HERE. Together we can make each corner of the world a safer and more inclusive place.
LGBTQ* Flow Charts
shared with you from The Wall’s blog
(if you know the source of the graphic, please share)
LGBTQ* Infographic / Law Graphics You Should See
This protection applies to Federal jobs/employments. One can still be fired in 34 states by private/state jobs for being Trans*.
Want to know more? Read Cornell Journal of Law’s article HERE.
Mia Macy and her wife, Trish (via MetroWeekly.com)
LGBTQ* Quotes and Quips
Popular Quotes and Quips
Trans* and Gender Equality Marketing
Graphic from the NYC Commission on Human Rights
PDF: Gender Identity Discrimination NYC Human Rights Law publication
PDF: Defending Your Rights NYC Human Rights, compiled by Columbia Law School
LGBTQ* Community History and Advertising
Mattachine Society Midwest, Law and the Homosexual
LBGTQ* Signs and Slogans
2012 Lesbian and Gay Rights in the World Maps
Maps from: IGLA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)
For larger images, click on direct post and then click images.
LGBTQ* History You Should Know
When people claim “the homosexual agenda is trying to change laws all over the world,” kindly tell them that attitudes and educational thought have reversed laws criminalizing homosexuals for almost 220 years.
Country Decriminalized Homosexuality in (Year)
Kingdom of Prussia Removes death penalty from sodomy charges (1794)
Netherlands Decriminalizes homosexuality (1811)
Indonesia Decriminalizes homosexuality (1811)
Brazil Decriminalizes homosexuality (1830)
Portugal Decriminalizes homosexuality (1852)
Ottoman Empire (Turkey) Decriminalizes homosexuality (1858)
**1869, “Homosexuality” is first used in print. Prior to this everything is referred to as sodomy.**
Empire of Japan Decriminalizes homosexuality (1880)
Italy Legalizes homosexuality (1889)
Poland Moves age of consent to 15y/o for everyone (1932)
Uruguay Decriminalizes homosexuality (1934)
Iceland Decriminalizes homosexuality (1940)
Switzerland Decriminalizes homosexuality (1942)
Sweden Decriminalizes homosexuality (1944)
Greece Decriminalizes homosexuality (1951)
Thailand Decriminalizes homosexuality (1956)
Czechoslovakia Decriminalizes homosexuality (1961)
Hungary Decriminalizes homosexuality (1961)
Illinois, United States Becomes the FIRST state to decriminalize sodomy (1961)
Israel Decriminalizes homosexuality (1963)
England and Wales Decriminalizes homosexuality (1967)
Canada Decriminalizes homosexuality (1969)
West Germany Decriminalizes homosexuality (1969)
Austria Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Costa Rica Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Finland Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Colorado, USA Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Oregon, USA Decriminalizes homosexuality (1971)
Idaho, USA Decriminalizes homosexuality and then reinstates it
due to outspoken anger from Catholics and Mormons (1971)
Sweden Becomes first country to allow gender marker change (1972)
USA DSM removes homosexuality from mental disorder (1973)
Malta Legalizes homosexuality (1973)
California, USA Legalizes homosexuality (1975)
Australian Capitol Territory Legalizes homosexuality (1976)
Slovenia Legalizes homosexuality (1977)
Vojvodina Legalizes homosexuality (1977)
Croatia Legalizes homosexuality (1977)
Montenegro Legalizes homosexuality (1977)
Quebec, Canada First major metropolitan city to make sexual orientation
discrimination illegal. Offers job security (1977)
Cuba Decriminalizes homosexuality (1979)
Spain Decriminalizes homosexuality (1979)
Victoria, Australia Decriminalizes homosexuality (1981)
Colombia Decriminalizes homosexuality (1981)
Northern Ireland Decriminalizes homosexuality (1982)
Wisconsin, USA First state to offer sexual orientation protection (1982)
(the last 30 years, part 2, will be posted at a later date)
LGBTQ* History You Should Know
A Quick Queer History Lesson
May 24, 1610
Virginia was the FIRST state in the United States of America to create a sodomy law. If found guilty, the law called for the death penalty.
Homosexuality - Legal/Illegal Map
from glen.ie (gay and lesbian education network)
Map from early 2010 — update version needed.
Gray: no information
Dark Blue : same-sex marriage
Blue: same-sex unions
Light Blue: no same-sex unions
Beige: minimal penalty
Dark Beige: large penalty
Dark Orange: life in prison
Red: death penalty
Dark Gray: no information on penalty