Is discrimination against gay and transgender people an issue in Arizona?


Absolutely. Arizonans are fired, evicted and denied services because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. These injustices don’t often make the news, though, because when discrimination isn’t illegal, there is neither an avenue nor a reason to report it. Why would a person want to be subjected to a public conversation about a humiliating and degrading experience when there is no recourse and the community has failed to call that behavior wrong? A lack of public knowledge about discriminatory behavior against gay and transgender people does not mean that no discrimination exists—it just reflects that people aren’t going to come forward about discrimination for which there is no remedy.