- August 5, 2014
Post submitted by Bo Suh, HRC Digital Media Intern
LGBT people in Alabama 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 Alabama:
1. More than half of all LGBT people in the state are in committed relationships, but LGBT Alabamians do not have any legal state recognition for their relationships or families.
2. 61% of LGBT people who live in Alabama have lived there for more than 20 years.
3. Almost half of LGBT people in Alabama are people of faith, including 60% of African-American LGBT people.
4. However, more than one in five experience harassment monthly or more in their respective houses of worship.
5. LGBT Alabamians do not have state protections from discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodations.
6. 46% do not consider their doctor LGBT friendly.
7. 43% of LGBT students in rural areas experience harassment in school at least once a month.
8. Half experience harassment at school and on the street.
9. Despite these levels of harassment, LGBT Alabamians do not have state protections from hate crimes.
10. A quarter experience employment discrimination and 38% experience harassment at work.
HRC is on the ground in Alabama 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.