- August 7, 2014
Post submitted by Bo Suh, HRC Digital Media Intern
LGBT people in Mississippi are just like their friends and family members – they work, volunteer, and go to church within their communities. However, they face daunting amounts of harassment and discrimination and enjoy no legal protections at the local or state level.
Here are ten facts you might not know about the LGBT community in Mississippi:
1. More than half of all LGBT people in the state are in committed relationships.
2. 10% of LGBT Mississippians are currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces.
3. This state has the highest percentage of LGBT people raising children of any state in the nation. 75% of 18-to 25-year-old LGBT young people in Mississippi intend to have children someday.
4. However, LGBT Mississippians do not have rights to jointly adopt children.
5. They do not have legal recognition for their relationships or families, either.
6. LGBT Mississippians do not have state protections from hate crimes.
7. More people face workplace harassment in rural Mississippi (54%) than those in urban settings (37%).
8. More than one in five experience harassment monthly or more at their respective houses of worship.
9. Almost half experience harassment at school – the most (42%) at the high school level.
10. However, LGBT Mississippians do not have anti-bullying protections for LGBT students.
HRC is on the ground in Mississippi as part of the unprecedented campaign, Project One America. POA is a multi-year effort to expand equality in the Deep South by changing hearts and minds, advancing enduring legal protections, and building more inclusive institutions for LGBT people from the church pew to the workplace.
Read the full survey here.