Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Idaho
by Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
There are 31,800 LGBT adults in Idaho. Idaho’s statewide non-discrimination law does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, or other settings. Only 30% of Idaho’s population is protected from employment discrimination based on these characteristics under local laws.
If sexual orientation and gender identity were added to Idaho’s existing non-discrimination law, the Idaho Human Rights Act, approximately 11 additional complaints of discrimination would be filed with the Idaho Commission on Human Rights each year. Available data indicate that these additional complaints would not be costly or burdensome for the Commission to enforce.