Of the estimated 1.6 million homeless American youth, between 20 and 40 percent are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Homeless LGBT youth are at risk not only on the streets, but in the shelter system as well. (Prereleased to New York City press December 20, 2006.)
As evidenced by the 236 local and county laws described in this publication, effective lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activism at the local level is providing the bridge to successful state and federal advocacy, proving that equality begins at home.
Discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation continues to be a problem in the City of Topeka. (Note: This summary contains a post-election update.) This report illustrates how important an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would be.