Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Some numbers to think about...

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 1:51 PM

My follow-up story on evidence of LGBT discrimination in Tennessee (using stats provided by University of Memphis professor Sharon Horne) will appear in the Memphis Flyer that hits stands tomorrow, but Horne provided me some additional numbers that didn't make it into the story.

According to Horne's study on "Gay Men in Dual-Career Couples":

25 percent of gay Tennessee residents reported being told offensive jokes about lesbians, gay men, or bisexual people by their co-workers or supervisors.

21.4 percent of gay Tennessee residents reported homophobic remarks made by co-workers and supervisors.

32.1 percent of gay Tennessee residents reported that in their workplace gay employees fear job loss because of sexual orientation.

Tell that to Constance Houston, the citizen who claimed "There is no discrimination here in Memphis. None, whatsoever" during the public comment period at last week's county commission meeting.

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