- July 23, 2015
Following HRC’s endorsement of The Equality Act, a comprehensive federal non-discrimination law, HRC will be sharing the stories of LGBT Americans who have been affected by discrimination across the nation.
Carter Brown is a proud Texan, a loving son and brother. With 10 years of experience in the real estate industry in the Dallas metro area, he was a terrific employee, having received three promotions in two years and was earning a six figure salary.
“I was proud of my accomplishments as the top producer for my department on a consistent basis, and I took great pride in my ability to work hard and provide a decent living for myself and my family,” said Brown.
One day, he arrived at work to find that he had been outed as transgender by a colleague. Despite near perfect attendance, good relationships with coworkers, and being one of the top producers in his department, after his coworkers found out about his gender identity, Carter was harassed by other colleagues. He eventually lost his job, and was told he was ultimately fired because Texas is an ‘at will’ state.
Texas is one of 31 states that lack clear, fully inclusive LGBT non-discrimination protections, leaving people like Carter at risk for being fired, denied a job or apartment, or refused service because of who they are or whom they love.
Carter isn’t alone. The Human Rights Campaign’s polling has found that nearly two-thirds of LGBT Americans experience discrimination, with employment discrimination being the leading form of discrimination reported. Today, as Founder of BlackTransmen Inc, Carter leads a nonprofit dedicated to empowering trans men.
HRC is leading efforts to pass a federal non-discrimination bill — because everyone — including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people — should have a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their families. To find out more, go to HRC.org/EqualityForward.