Did you know that there are three huge cases on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket for this fall about whether LGBT people are worthy of equal opportunity or whether they may be treated as legally inferior citizens?
Did you know
that there are three significant cases on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket for
this fall about whether LGBT people are worthy of equal opportunity or whether
they may be treated as legally inferior citizens?
The Court will hear oral arguments in October about whether LGBT people will continue to have protections under federal nondiscrimination law, or whether it would be legal under federal law for employers to fire LGBT people just for who they are or whom they love. These cases will impact the ability of LGBT people to provide for themselves and their families.
Together, the cases have the potential to take America backward. That’s because if the Court rules that LGBT people are not protected by existing federal workplace protections, anti-LGBT opponents will rapidly use the same legal reasoning to work to attempt to overturn critical federal protections in housing, healthcare, credit, education and more. In short, LGBT people could soon find themselves living in a nation where federal law says it is legal for them to be denied a job, fired, discriminated against at school, denied a loan, rejected by a doctor, and evicted from an apartment, simply because they are LGBT.
Now is the time to reiterate the importance of nondiscrimination for LGBT people and all people. That’s why MAP is releasing a new brief today that describes the cases, how the Court could rule, and what the implications of the Court’s rulings could mean for LGBT people not just at work but in all areas of life.
If you’re part of the LGBT community and looking for a house or apartment, how do you know if the neighborhood you’re interested in protects you from discrimination?
Today, the Movement Advancement Project partnered with Trulia, an online real estate and rental listing service, to release an innovative, first-of-its-kind tool to answer exactly that question. This dynamic tool shows the level of state and local protections for LGBT people in different areas and neighborhoods, to help home-buyers and apartment-hunters make more informed decisions about where to live, given that legal protections for LGBT people vary widely from state to state and even city to city.
The new Local Level Protections feature from Trulia and MAP informs home buyers about whether a neighborhood offers nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and public accommodations discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This feature is powered by MAP’s LGBT Equality Maps, which track federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws, among many other LGBT-related policies. MAP provided the data essential to building this new feature, including a database of more than 300 local city and county ordinances that prohibit discrimination.
Our MAP-Trulia collaboration and the Local Level Protections feature has received widespread media coverage, illustrating the value and innovation of this tool. These are just a few examples of our coverage already:
Choosing a home is one of the most significant decisions in people’s lives. For LGBT people, a primary consideration isn’t just the house, but whether they will be moving to a neighborhood where they are protected against discrimination. This groundbreaking feature will help LGBT people look not only for the right home, but also the right community.
For a more comprehensive look at nondiscrimination and other legal protections across the country, visit MAP’s LGBT Equality Maps.