Gay Rights

Ten Facts You Need To Know

With the Defense of Marriage Act struck down, the federal government began recognizing same-sex marriage and all marriage programs, benefits, and laws such as social security and health benefits.

"11 Facts about Gay Rights." 11 Facts about Gay Rights. Do something.org, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia

"11 Facts about Gay Rights." 11 Facts about Gay Rights. Do something.org, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

The Senate approved the Matthew Shepard Act, which outlaws hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.

"11 Facts about Gay Rights." 11 Facts about Gay Rights. Do something.org, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act is the act that prohibits discrimination of sexual orientation in the workplace, specifically during hiring.

"11 Facts about Gay Rights." 11 Facts about Gay Rights. Do something.org, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

These states have declared same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional, but the rulings have been stayed; Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas.

"Same-Sex Marriage Fast Facts - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex couples to wed.

"Same-Sex Marriage Fast Facts - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

4 in 10 LGBT youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people.

"Growing Up LGBT in America: View Statistics." Human Rights Campaign. Human Rights Campaign, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

LGBT youth are 2x as likely as their peers to say they have been physically kicked, assaulted, or shoved at school

"Growing Up LGBT in America: View Statistics." Human Rights Campaign. Human Rights Campaign, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

26% of LGBT youth say their biggest problems are not feeling accepted by their family, trouble at school/bullying, and a fear to be open

"Growing Up LGBT in America: View Statistics." Human Rights Campaign. Human Rights Campaign, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

75% of LGBT youth say that most of their peers do not have a problem with their identity as LGBT

"Growing Up LGBT in America: View Statistics." Human Rights Campaign. Human Rights Campaign, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.