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HRC Alabama unveils results of largest LGBT survey in state's history

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

SOURCE: The Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign's Project One America has released key findings from the largest survey displaying the challenges faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Alabamians.

The results of this survey find that even though many LGBT people are not only contributing members at home, the workplace, in school and within their faith communities, they enjoy no legal protections at the local or state level.

The study revealed that 61 percent of LGBT people participating in the study have called Alabama home for more than 20 years and 8 percent have served, or are serving, in the armed forces. Half of respondents volunteer in their communities and two-thirds donate money to charitable groups and nonprofit's. But it also shows that LGBT Alabamians don't want to leave their homes.

"The survey revealed LGBT Alabamians are just like their friends and family members--living, working, and volunteering in their communities," said Project One America director Brad Clark. "However, they face harsh realities living in the state they call home. We have a moral responsibility to change that."

The assessment determined 24 percent have experienced employment discrimination, 38 percent have experienced harassment at work and 41 percent of LGBT households earning less than $45,000 experienced harassment at work.

The study also determined that 38 percent have experienced harassment by members of their own family, 40 percent have experienced harassment in public establishments, 19 percent have experienced harassment from a public servant like a police officer or fire fighter and 21 percent have experienced harassment monthly or more at their respective houses of worship.

Responders were asked to list their priorities for advancing the LGBT community. Things like prevent harassment and violence against LGBT people, reducing the stigma of HIV/AIDS and advance awareness of treatment and prevention, made the list.

Also many want to increase workplace protections, support LGBT youth in schools and their communities and ensure LGBT families have the protections and dignity they deserve through marriage were just some listed.

"Although LGBT Alabamians face challenges living in the communities they love, they remain committed to creating an environment that is safe and nurturing," said Project One America deputy director Karin Quimby, "HRC Alabama will work across the state to advance enduring legal protections."

The thorough needs assessment was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove through HRC's membership and the LGBT communities in Alabama. 1148 people participated through email, social media, and online ads

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