Research suggests that LGBT individuals are at higher risk for physical and mental health issues than non-LGBT individuals, due in part to the chronic stress and stigma they encounter. The Advocate. Twenty-one states have laws that ban discrimination against LGBT in employment and housing; 20 ban it in public accommodations as well. When she was ultimately able to obtain access to care, it was by traveling to a clinic in Asheville, NC, more than an hour away from her home. Jake Burnett Jr. Sexual orientation protected in state employment 
Sexual orientation discrimination prohibited in public and private employment; gender identity discrimination prohibited in public employment only.
Sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination prohibited in public and private employment. Archived from the original PDF on June 27, Proponents of these laws argue that they properly balance religious freedom with the rights of LGBT individuals.
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