“IF YOU JOIN A FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, YOU MAY WIN OR LOSE, BUT JUST BY BEING PART OF THE STRUGGLE, YOU WIN, AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER FOR IT.” – HOWARD ZINN
West Virginia is home to 46,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults. Although same-sex couples in West Virginia have been able to marry since 2015, only 5% of West Virginia’s workforce protects them from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. As it stands, thousands of West Virginians could get married on a Saturday, lose their job on Monday, and be kicked out of their apartment of Tuesday, all because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
This issue does not just affect West Virginia adults, but our youth as well. Nationally, LGBT youth are 120% more likely to become homeless as a result of their family’s non-acceptance than non-LGBT youth. Right now, up to 40% of the homeless youth population nation-wide are LGBT, yet LGBT youth only account for 7% of the general youth population.
If elected, I will commit to ensuring that a statewide non-discrimination policy is enacted so that no LGBT West Virginian has to live in fear of being who they are.