Discrimination Against LGBT People in Kansas
By Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
An estimated 72,600 LGBT adults live in Kansas and there are approximately 56,000 LGBT workers aged 16 and older in the state. Kansas’s statewide non-discrimination law, the Kansas Act Against Discrimination, does not include sexual orientation or gender identity. The absence of a statewide law prohibiting discrimination based on these characteristics leaves LGBT people in Kansas vulnerable to discrimination, which can negatively impact their economic wellbeing.
This report summarizes recent evidence of sex discrimination against LGBT people in Kansas, explains the limited current protections from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the state, and considers the administrative impact of adding these characteristics to the Kansas Act Against Discrimination.