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Non-Discrimination Laws

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Employment non-discrimination law covers sexual orientation and gender identity (18 states + D.C.)
Employment non-discrimination law covers only sexual orientation, but federal law prohibits discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people (see note) (3 states)
No employment non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation or gender identity, but federal law prohibits discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people (see note) (29 states)
NOTE: A 2012 ruling by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission extends Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination to prohibit discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people. For additional information, contact the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality, or the Equality Federation. This map reflects states that have statewide statutes banning discrimination in private employment. Many states have executive orders or laws that protect all public employees, and many large cities and other localities have ordinances, executive orders, or personnel policies that protect local employees and some employees of local businesses. These laws, regulations and executive orders are not reflected on this map. Some states may interpret "gender" to include gender identity/expression. Such states are not reflected on this map.

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

39% of LGBT population lives in states prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity 48% of LGBT population lives in states prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation 52% of LGBT population lives in states that do not prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
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Housing non-discrimination law covers sexual orientation and gender identity (18 states + D.C.)
Housing non-discrimination law covers only sexual orientation (3 states)
No housing non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation or gender identity (29 states)
NOTE: This map reflects states that have statewide statutes banning discrimination in housing. Public accommodations may not be covered. Some states may interpret "gender" to include gender identity/expression. Such states are not reflected on this map.

For additional information, contact the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality,

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

39% of LGBT population lives in states prohibiting housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity 48% of LGBT population lives in states prohibiting housing discrimination based on sexual orientation 52% of LGBT population lives in states that do not prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
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Transgender exclusions in health insurance service coverage prohibited (8 states + D.C.)
Law prohibits health insurance discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (8 states + D.C.)
Law prohibits health insurance discrimination based on sexual orientation (0 states)
No law providing LGBT inclusive insurance protections (42 states)
NOTE: Laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity refer to statewide protections against discrimination in benefits coverage provided by insurance plans to LGBT plan enrollees. Prohibitions on transgender exclusions in health insurance benefits prohibit insurance discrimination against transgender people. These states bar health insurance issuers from denying or limiting coverage based on gender identity and require the removal of transgender exclusions from health plans. For more information, please contact the Center for American Progress.

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

29% of LGBT population lives in states that prohibit transgender exclusions in health insurance service coverage 26% of LGBT population lives in states with insurance protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity 0% of LGBT population lives in states with insurance protections that include only sexual orientation 71% of LGBT population lives in states that do not have LGBT-inclusive insurance protections
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Public accommodations non-discrimination law covers sexual orientation and gender identity (17 states + D.C.)
Public accommodations non-discrimination law covers only sexual orientation (4 states)
No public accommodations non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation or gender identity (29 states)
NOTE: This map reflects states that have statewide statutes banning discrimination in public accommodations. Some states may interpret "gender" to include gender identity/expression. Such states are not reflected on this map. For additional information, contact the Center for American Progress,

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

36% of LGBT population lives in states prohibiting public accommodations discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity 48% of LGBT population lives in states prohibiting public accommodations discrimination based on sexual orientation 52% of LGBT population lives in states that do not prohibit public accommodations discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

Law covers sexual orientation

Law covers sexual orientation and gender identity/expression

Transgender exclusions in health insurance service coverage prohibited


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Data current as of 10/30/2014