We are only close to the mid-year mark of 2018 and already there are an alarming amount of anti-LGBT laws both on the local and federal level.
Gaystarnews.com reported on the recently communicated revelations by the American Psychological Association (APA) during a briefing the organization co-hosted with the Fenway Institute and Center for American Progress.
The eye-opening briefing took place in Washington D.C. on none other days than Thursday, May 17, 2018, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB).
The briefing, Rolling Back Progress: How Shifts in Federal Policy are Hurting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans, presented quite a few laws/initiatives that are cause for concern as reported by gaystarnews.com.
Information presented reflects federal and state policies that affect the LGBTI community, or sexual and gender minorities (SGMs).
Here are some of the key findings from the research:
- Department of Education stopped investigating complaints by transgender students about restroom use.
- The Department of Justice determined Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect LGBTI people.
- Department of Health and Human Services introduced plans to allow Healthcare providers to deny people based on religious beliefs.
- The ongoing and complicated transgender military ban.
- Surveys from the Administration of Community Living will stop asking about sexual orientation and gender identity.
- 125 state bills introduced attacking LGBTI rights.
These policies affect LGBTI people in public spaces of their lives, such as school, the workplace, and more.
APA gave insight on current bills to support and others to condemn.
They specifically recommend supporting the Equality Act, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, and the Student Nondiscrimination Act. They also say officials should advance the LGBT Data Inclusion Act.
Further, lawmakers should oppose the First Amendment Defense Act.
If we don’t stay proactive and do our individual parts to reinforce our rights we won’t ever be able to live happy and fulfilling lives.
The briefing also discussed the effects policies can have on people’s health and wellbeing.
‘Research has shown that discriminatory policies are associated with increased stress levels, with harmful health outcomes,’ they stated.
States that don’t protect LGBTI employees from discrimination show increased levels of anxiety and PTSD for the community.
Before the federal legalization of marriage equality states that banned same-sex marriage had LGBTI people experiencing a 248% increase in psychological and alcohol use disorders.
On the flip side, policies that protect and help LGBTI people have proven positive effects.
When officials legalized marriage equality — both in individual states and then at the federal level — there was a 7% decrease in adolescent suicide attempts.
Workplaces with LGBTI protections see improved health outcomes of LGBTI employees, as well as great job satisfaction, productivity, and commitment.