In 29 U.S. States, You Can Be Fired For Being Gay

By Rebecca Baird-Remba

There are 29 states in America where it's totally legal to fire workers just for being gay, but one lawmaker is trying to do something to change that.

Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon is introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, Bloomberg reports. Nearly 40 percent of all openly lesbian, gay or bisexual employees say that they've experienced discrimination or harassment at work, according to a 2011 study by the Williams Institute. And 9 percent say that they've lost a job because they were openly gay.

Here are the states where you can still be fired for being gay because they don't have explicit laws that prevent discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace.

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OMG! Really? WHO gives a big shi# about what others do? Really??? If you are LUCKY enough to find someone to spend your life with you should NOT be penalized for it. Mind you own fu**ing business. And I am a straight woman who teaches my children about alternative lifestyles. Lets not "grow" another several decades of "haters."

June 18 2014 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobby Bx

i dnt see the problem..... there are PLENTY of state that dnt have a problem with it..... you can always move to a gay friendly state... rolmfao... smh... suks to be you... no pun intended..bwaaaaahahaa

October 25 2013 at 1:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The operative word is CAN.There are alot of homosexuals working in these Red States that haven't lost their jobs, and probadly never will.I'm not sure why except for the Big O so much has been comming up about Gay people?

April 28 2013 at 6:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Getting fired for being a homosexual is a viable solution to a stable environment for all normal workers for all the obvious reasons that we all know about. When an employer has a homosexual worker its quite possible that he/she or the workers themselves have to pay a higher health insurance policy because of the strong possibility they will get the aids virus and have a elongated suffering and finally death which will increase the costs of running a business. Each day as more information is made aware of the aids virus spread, workers would be paranoid about things that homosexuals touch. Things like being afraid to use the water fountain etc. And what if you come in contact with blood of a homosexual? accidents do happen. Some readers may look at this writing as being somewhat paranoid, they are the gay ones or those who are personally affected, the rest wish to be politically correct but feel just as i do but thats the silent great majority. I hold no ill will against homosexuals but facts are facts and I wont live a lie, will you?

April 28 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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Oh Mighty Roland

Your comment clearly illustrates your ignorance of the AIDS virus. You can not get it from causual contact, only through bodily fluids. I have yet to have a job that I exhacnged bodily fluids with anyone. Second, the assumption that if a person is gay, then they have HIV is also horrendously bigoted and misinformed. Just because a person is gay does not mean they have the AIDS virus. A straight person is also liable to become infected by HIV - so obviously by your reasoning, straight people should not be emplyed either. Please do yourself a favor and get an education - it might prevent future ill-informed and bigoted outbursts.

April 28 2013 at 4:31 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Practical Nomad

You are insane, and no I'm not one of the "gay ones" your homophobic post lists. Heterosexuals are the highest number of AIDS carriers, are you going to demand mandatory testing and fire them all? You shouldn't be allowed to post until you get an education, or at least a soul.

April 28 2013 at 4:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Funny how all the goodie two shoe gay loving states want to corrupt the states with's like saying, "Hey, we are totally messed up and we want to mess you up too"

April 28 2013 at 3:16 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

I have an idea... don't be gay in the 29 states..... next problem...

April 28 2013 at 3:13 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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you are hot

Wonderful satire, can you say anything else funny?

May 31 2013 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Welcome Mieka

I do believe there are certain jobs gay people should not hold. Teacher or camp counselor, for example. I know not all gay people are pedophiles, nor would many discuss their lifestyle in the classroom. But why put the lighter by the gasoline can if you want to avoid a fire?

April 28 2013 at 2:53 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Welcome Mieka's comment

I'll bet it's hard for you to keep a job that requires anything more than the intelligence of a hen.

April 28 2013 at 3:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Most people who molest children are heterosexuals. What do you plan to do about them?

April 28 2013 at 3:45 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I am gay ( happy ) all the time--and so they can fire me for being happy???? Now--on the other hand --if they are talking about being homosexual -then that's a whole different story.Stop using the word gay ( happy) and queer (odd) to mean homosexual.
I went to a gay (happy) party and they served some very queer ( odd and unusual) food items.

April 28 2013 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess that this argument will never end straight or gay. Why can't people get along. If you do not like them don't associate with them but in most of the cases you would probably be missing out on a truly fine friend.
I have known and worked with several of both genders and they do not push to be your friend or force you to try and change your attitude they are some of the nicest people you would ever meet. If you do ever get over the homophatic attitude you have and take them for the person that they are you would be greatly surprised.

April 28 2013 at 1:03 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Would the fact that Aids got it's start via Homosexual activity have anything to do with it? Over 26 million have died from it world wide and counting. It continues to spread among Heterosexuals with no sign of eventual abatement. Only hope is a complete cure although there has been some inroads of the HIV affliction. Let us pray........

April 28 2013 at 12:27 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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