Every year, millions of Americans face significant life events, including medical treatment and recovery, taking care of a loved one, or welcoming a child. Given the prevalence of workplace discrimination and higher rates of poverty, LGBTQ+ workers and their families often face additional hurdles to accessing leave. Furthermore, employer policies and laws regarding leave do not always recognize the full diversity of our families or LGBTQ+ specific medical needs, ranging from surrogacy and adoption to gender confirming therapies.
The HRC Foundation released a report detailing the results of its groundbreaking nationwide survey of LGBTQ+ people that reveals an urgent need for inclusive employer-paid family and medical leave.
Kipp Jarecke-Cheng was denied paid parental leave when he and his partner adopted their son. Congress must update the Family and Medical Leave Act to ensure all families -- including LGBTQ+ parents -- are protected.
Brett and Chad faced hardship after their daughter was born. The family didn't have any paid family leave, and one dad lost his job because he took too much time off to care for his newborn. It's time for paid leave for all families.
Far too many LGBTQ+ families do not have access to paid leave. It’s time every home has access to paid family leave.
Despite nationwide marriage equality, LGBTQ+ people still fight every day to have our families recognized, and thousands of LGBTQ+ families live in states without explicit protection from discrimination.