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Rep. West: Anti-Gay Job Discrimination Doesn’t Exist

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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8:59AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

I've read all the comments and here are my votes:
Vlasta M., Elaine A., Judy M., Dot (.) you are ALL awarded with negative numbers. None of you qualify for anything positive. BTW, how can anyone, being on Care2, have so much prejudices and being so anti-Civil Rights as you? Don't bother to answer, please. I don't care about any of you. And Dot (.), what are you afraid of? No name at all, just a little "flugskit" as we say in my family.
The rest of you all recieve Gold Medals and Green Stars!
And for Alan West...I would like to have access to one of those probes used on innocent animals and shoved it up his rectum and fry what ever is left of his brain, because it's obvious where it's located!

3:51PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Please do not emulate the ostrich...There IS anti-gay job discrimination throughout North America!

2:11AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Against stupidity even the Devil fights in vain.

8:30PM PDT on May 14, 2012


8:08PM PDT on May 14, 2012

This "representative" is a bigoted idiot!! I don't know who voted for him to represent them, but I'd suggest they rethink and re-vote--this man lives in his own imaginary world, and represents noone but himself!!

12:20PM PDT on May 14, 2012

Nyack-Sorry about mispelling your name, it was a typo not an insult. That being said, you keep equating relationship choices with sexual orientation. They are not the same thing. Who a person chooses to sleep with is a matter of choice. Sexual orientation, on the other hand is not.

10:40AM PDT on May 14, 2012

another politician in need of a PROCTOLIST

10:31AM PDT on May 14, 2012

I guess West never thinks about the fights that gave him the opportunity to rise in a once segregated Army. I bet he never for one second thinks about the abuse, lives lost and sacrifices made by millions to end slavery. I know he never thinks about the abuse, lives lost and sacrifices made by millions to obtain the Civil Rights Act giving African Americans their well deserved freedom. Mr. West is not ignorant, he is an educated man; he is therefore in denial and a betrayer to his race and country he says he loves so much.

6:37AM PDT on May 14, 2012

Nyack-"@ Kevin Yuck"

What is that supposed to mean?

10:24PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Being black and Republican is an oxymoron. Besides, West is a narrow minded,evil individual that really needs to learn the facts before he mouths off.

His dumb ass constituents, that voted him in before they bothered to really find out what this pathetic man is all about, are to blame for him being in Washington. VOTE THIS TOXIC fool out of office

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