The Impact of Stigma and Discrimination against LGBT People in Virginia

By Christy Mallory, Taylor N.T. Brown, and Brad Sears

Virginia’s legal landscape puts the state’s 257,000 LGBT adults and 50,400 LGBT youth at risk of discrimination and harassment. The social, economic, and health effects of stigma and discrimination against LGBT people negatively impact Virginia’s economy by tens of millions of dollars each year, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

In the study, researchers assessed the prevalence and impact of several forms of stigma and discrimination against LGBT people in Virginia, including harassment and discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations; harassment and bullying in schools; and family rejection of LGBT youth.

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