Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Montana
by Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
There are 22,300 LGBT adults in Montana. LGBT people in Montana have reported experiencing discrimination and harassment in surveys, administrative complaints, testimony before the state legislature, and the media. Survey data also indicate that LGBT people in the state experience socioeconomic disparities compared to their non-LGBT counterparts.
If sexual orientation and gender identity were added to Montana’s statewide non-discrimination law, the Montana Human Rights Act, approximately 10 additional complaints of discrimination would be filed each year. Available data indicate that these additional complaints would not be costly or burdensome for the state to enforce.