The Issue: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
An overview of the rights that many Americans lack paints a stark picture. There are no laws that prevent people for being fired for being gay in 29 states, and getting fired for being a transgender person is still permissible in 32 states. Out of 50 states, 31 do not currently have marriage equality. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth are twice as likely as their peers to have been physically assaulted in school. But as demonstrated by the increasing number of states that do allow marriage for same-sex couples, education and advocacy can change these statistics. When people understand and respect one another, everyone has a greater chance at freedom. By standing up for what is right, everyone can help make this country a better place.
The Campaign: Supporting Equal Rights for LGBT Americans
The Human Rights Campaign works to spread acceptance and achieve equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Show your support through this Grassroots campaign and receive a free HRC sticker in the mail. Owning one of these stickers allows you to display your pride in HRC's mission and your disavowal of discrimination for all to see—perhaps changing a mind or two in the process.
Human Rights Campaign
Throughout its history, the United States has been an experiment in equality. With every century that has passed, the nation has become more inclusive, more accepting, and more tolerant—one step at a time. Now, the country is at the brink of a new state of openness as individuals and organizations work to secure equal rights for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
The Human Rights Campaign is a leading force in this movement to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. It has advocated for marriage equality and an end to discrimination against LGBT people, and it holds businesses accountable through its Corporate Equality Index, in which 304 businesses scored a 100% rating in 2014. Working to effect change on every level of society, HRC worked to help repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, and raised more than $20 million to—among other 2012 objectives—reelect President Barack Obama and win marriage equality in all three states where the issue was on the ballot. Every day, HRC's 1.5 million supporters aspire to achieve more victories like these through advocacy, investments, and education, making the US a safer and more equal place for all.