Stop Discrimination against LGBT Community
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Discrimination and harassment by law enforcement based on sexual orientation and
gender identity is an ongoing and pervasive problem in LGBT communities. Such
discrimination impedes effective policing in these communities by breaking down trust,
inhibiting communication and preventing officers from effectively protecting and serving the
communities they police. While a patchwork of state, local and federal laws provides some
protection against certain forms of discrimination, there is no nationwide federal statute that
comprehensively and consistently prohibits discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual
orientation and gender identity.
Our purpose to create this petition is that we want to know that everybody, every humans are created equal in this world so we don’t have the right to judge or to discriminate other people especially the LGBT community. And we want also to welcome the effort in our country to protect the rights of LGBT people.
This report presents research demonstrating that LGBT individuals and communities face
profiling, discrimination and harassment at the hands of law enforcement officers. Data from a
wide range of sources show that such harassment and discrimination is greatest for LGBT people
of color, transgender persons and youth. Key findings include:
• The 9.5 million LGBT Americans are a part of every local and state community, and part
of the diverse communities that law enforcement seeks to engage to develop stronger
community support and trust.
• The United States has had a significant history of mistreatment of LGBT people by law
enforcement, including profiling, entrapment, discrimination and harassment by officers;
victimization that often was ignored by law enforcement; and discrimination and even
blanket exclusions from being hired by law enforcement agencies. The Department of
Justice recently summarized this history of discrimination against LGBT people in its
brief to the United States Supreme Court in Windsor v. United States.
• Discrimination and harassment by law enforcement officers based on sexual orientation
and gender identity continues to be pervasive throughout the United States.
• For example, a 2014 report on a national survey of LGBT people and people
living with HIV found that 73% of respondents had face-to-face contact with the
police in the past five years. Of those respondents, 21% reported encountering
hostile attitudes from officers, 14% reported verbal assault by the police, 3%
reported sexual harassment and 2% reported physical assault at the hands of law
enforcement officers. Police abuse, neglect and misconduct were consistently
reported at higher frequencies by respondents of color and transgender and gender
• A 2013 report focused on anti-LGBT violence that occurred in the previous year
found that of the LGBT violence survivors surveyed who interacted with police,
48% reported that they had experienced police misconduct, including unjustified
arrest, use of excessive force and entrapment. Additionally, police officers
accounted for 6% of all offenders reported by respondents; of offenders who were
personally unknown to the victim, police made up 23%.
• A 2012 report examining the interactions of law enforcement with Latina
transgender women in Los Angeles County found that two-thirds of the women
reported that they had been verbally harassed by law enforcement, 21% reported
that they had been physically assaulted by law enforcement, and 24% reported
that they had been sexually assaulted by law enforcement.
• A 2011 study that reported findings from the largest survey of transgender people
to date found that 22% of transgender respondents reported that they had been
harassed by law enforcement because of bias; and 6% reported having been
physically assaulted by an officer. Additionally, nearly half of respondents
(46%) reported being uncomfortable seeking police assistance.
Individual complaints of discrimination also document examples of police misconduct
against LGBT people. These reports include instances of verbal harassment, physical abuse so
severe that it required medical attention, and rape.
Such discrimination, harassment and abuse undermine effective policing by:
• Weakening community trust: A recent study of gay and bisexual identified men
found that 40% believed that contacting the police in response to a violent
incident from an intimate partner would be unhelpful or very unhelpful, and 59%
believed that the police would be less helpful to a gay or bisexual man than to a
heterosexual woman in the same situation.
• Reducing reporting of crimes by victims in the LGBT community: A 2013 report
on hate violence against the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities found that
only 56% of survivors of hate violence reported such incidents to the police.
• Challenging law enforcement’s ability to effectively meet the needs of members
of their communities: A 2014 report on a national survey of 2,376 LGBT people
and people living with HIV found that over a third of crime victim’s complaints to
the police were not fully addressed.
Key recommendations to prevent discrimination by law enforcement based on sexual
orientation and gender identity include:
• Adopting internal policies and practices in state and local police departments,
• Nondiscrimination policies and zero tolerance harassment policies,
• Policies requiring officers to respect individuals’ gender identity and ensure
safety in arrest processing, searches, and placement in police custody, and
explicitly prohibiting searches conducted for the purpose of assigning gender
based on anatomical features;
• LGBT sensitivity, diversity and specialization trainings,
• Outreach and liaisons to the LGBT community,
• Civilian complaint review boards with investigators and adjudicators
specifically trained to address the types of police profiling and abuse
experienced by LGBTQ people, including sexual harassment and assault and
• Prohibiting discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or gender
identity against law enforcement personnel.
• Adopting and enforcing federal level protections, including:
• Nondiscrimination requirements in Community Oriented Policing Services
(COPS) grants, which provide funding to more than 13,000 of the nation’s
18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country, and other sources of
• Enforcement of new federal bias-based profiling prohibitions that are
inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expansion of those
provisions to more law enforcement agencies through the passage of the End
Racial Profiling Act with sexual orientation and gender identity explicitly
• Increased data collection through anonymous surveys such as the Bureau of
Justice Statistics Police Contact Survey on police searches and seizures to
analyze the scope of bias-based profiling practices and identify target regions
and agencies in need of nondiscrimination trainings and policies.
• Enforcing Existing Legal Protections. Several existing laws protect LGBT people
to some extent, including constitutional provisions and state and local
• Adopting New Legal Protections. Laws explicitly prohibiting sexual orientation
and gender identity discrimination can be enacted at the federal, state and local levels
Speak up, stop discrimination, Protecting LGBT People from violence and discrimination does not require the creation of a new set of LGBT. Specific rights nor does it require the establishment of new international human rights standards and to follow the core legal obligations with respect to protecting the human rights of LGBT people include:
· Protect individuals from homophobic and transphobic violence
· Prevent torture and cruel inhuman and degrading treatment
· Repeat laws criminalizing homosexuality and transgender people
· Prohibit discrimination based in sexual orientation and gender identity
· Safeguard freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly for all LGBT people
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