Post submitted by Hubert Tate, former HRC Press Secretary, Project One America
Today at a press conference in Jackson, Mississippi, HRC announced the results of the largest survey of its kind to date on the needs, experiences, and priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Mississippians. We were also proud to announce the state’s new director.
The survey’s results show that LGBT Mississippians are just like their friends and family members—living, working, volunteering, and going to church within their communities. However, the assessment also finds that LGBT people face daunting amounts of harassment and discrimination and enjoy no legal protections at either the local or state level. According to survey respondents, 24 percent have experienced employment discrimination and 38 percent have experienced harassment at work; 22 percent have experienced harassment monthly or more at their respective houses of worship and a third of LGBT students in rural areas have experienced harassment in school on a weekly basis.
To address these disparities, earlier this year, HRC launched Project One America. With the goal of improving the lived experience of LGBT people, Project One America will work to change hearts and minds, advance enduring legal protections, and build more inclusive institutions for LGBT people from the church pew to the workplace.
At the same press conference, we announced Rob Hill will lead HRC Mississippi. Hill has served as a United Methodist pastor for the past 12 years. He most recently led Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Jackson for nine years. Hill has also served on various community boards aimed at helping youth programs, improving the Jackson community, and providing resources for neighborhood revitalization.