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Discrimination Against LGBTQ People in the Public Sector

LGBTQ people have faced a long history of discrimination in public sector employment, which continues to the present day. The legacy of discrimination can be traced back to purges of thousands of LGBTQ employees from U.S. public sector employment that began in the 1940s. Despite changes in laws and policies to be more protective of LGBTQ employees over the past 70 years, recent evidence of discrimination has been documented in a variety of sources. This evidence indicates that public sector employment discrimination against LGBTQ people continues to be widespread and pervasive.

History of Discrimination

Purges of LGBTQ government employees began with the federal government in 1947 and were soon copied by state and municipal employers. From 1947 to 1960, LGBTQ people were labeled a security threat, due ...

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