Resolution 75A-15-8

Equal Access to Jobs, Housing, and Public Accommodations
for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People

CWA opposes all forms of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender) people stand on the brink of historic gains in relationship recognition, healthcare access, and employment nondiscrimination.

Nevertheless, LGBT people continue to face serious discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other aspects of social life.

Such discrimination and marginalization also makes LGBT people, and particularly transgender women of color, disproportionately vulnerable to harassment and violence. 

The opponents of LGBT equality, who are nearly always also opponents of workers’ rights, continue to raise obstacles to full equality.

Under the guise of protecting religious freedom, these right-wing forces have campaigned to strip LGBT people of anti-discrimination protection at the state and local level, setting back the movement for equality in several places.

In other places, they have introduced state and local legislation to deny transgender people access to safe, clean restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

Resolved:  CWA opposes all efforts to limit the rights of vulnerable minority groups. CWA supports action by federal, state, and local authorities to protect vulnerable minorities from harassment and violence and to reduce the social and economic marginalization that underlies it.

Resolved:  CWA supports comprehensive civil rights legislation to protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, education, government-funded activities and public accommodations.

Resolved:  CWA insists that all persons must have access to safe, clean, appropriate restrooms, both in the workplace and in places of public accommodation.  

Resolved:  CWA will continue to be active in the struggle for equality inside and outside the workplace until all barriers to full participation in society are removed.