For my second entry, I will talk about employment discrimination. Many LGBTQ members live in poverty due to unequal rights in the workforce. It is just unfair for someone to give their service to their bosses and being harassed and discriminated.
The lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer community better known as the LGBTQ community face many problems today. One of the main problems today is employment discrimination, sadly no law protects LGBTQ employees from being fired or denied. According to an article from, YeremianLaw, 27% of transgender people who had or applied for a job in 2017 said they were not hired,denied a promotion or fired because of their gender identity, 10% of trans found themselves quitting their job after being in an unwelcoming environment, and 8% of LGBT member say discrimination negatively affects their workplace. The LGBTQ community in many cases has been harassed while working their job. Harassment isn’t only physical, there is also verbal, written, and visual harassment, however, people don’t pay attention to those types because they don’t find it as effective as physical harassment, however, any type of harassment can be just as effective as being physically harassed. A transgender employee who goes by the name of Glenn said “[My boss] told me I would make other people uncomfortable, just by being myself. He told me that my transition was unacceptable. And over and over, he told me it was inappropriate. Then he fired me. I was escorted back to my desk, told to clean out, then marched out of the building… I was devastated.” Due to the amount of discrimination happening towards the LGBTQ community, LGBTQ employees fear keeps members closeted at work. They remain closeted about their sexual orientation and gender identity because they believe that being themselves would result in losing connection with co-workers, or that they might not be offered opportunities to be able to advance, Also LGBTQ employees often lie about their personal life because they think it’s unprofessional to talk about their sexual orientation. Its more common for transgender employees to be discriminated or harassed than gay, lesbian or bisexual employees. Many transgender employees usually have 2 jobs, one in the morning and one at night. The night shift consists of dressing like a drag queen, a drag queen is a man who dresses up as a woman for entertaining purposes, and once they are in full transformation they perform at a drag queen show, which earns them quick cash. Trans employees always keep their second job a secret from their coworkers and boss to prevent them from being fired or discriminated.
In conclusion, having to paint a face on every day for work is not only physically exhausting but also mentally exhausting. Not being able to be yourself or talk about your personal life at work can bring a person down. Having freedom of speech but not being able to speak without being discriminated or even be fired is the reason why many people are afraid to come out and be who they truly are on the inside. It’s time to pass laws that protect LGBTQ employees from being discriminated and harassed at work.