Rep. West: Anti-Gay Job Discrimination Doesn’t Exist
When Rep. Allan West isn’t busy searching for communists in Congress he apparently likes to deny LGBT discrimination even exists in the United States:
This from a Thursday interview with Think Progress’s Scott Keyes.
Rep. West, who has previously said that being gay is a choice and so DADT repeal was not necessary because gays could just choose to change, is arguing from ignorance.
He apparently hasn’t bothered to learn that in 29 states it remains legal to fire someone solely based on their sexual orientation and in 38 states based on their gender identity.
More than this, surveys have found that at least 16% of gay people say they have experienced some form of anti-gay discrimination in the workplace, while 90% of trans people surveyed in the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce’s groundbreaking transgender discrimination survey reported experiencing harassment, mistreatment or discrimination on the job or took actions like hiding who they are to avoid it. The study found that rates of unemployment and discrimination for LGBT people of color are particularly high.
Congressman West’s disregard for the facts should not be surprising given his record, but that he believes lawmakers simply have more important things to worry about speaks volumes about his self-interested politics.
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