Discrimination Against LGBT People in Oklahoma
By Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
An estimated 113,000 LGBT adults live in Oklahoma. There are approximately 74,000 LGBT workers age 16 and older in the state.
Oklahoma does not have a statewide law that expressly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, leaving LGBT residents vulnerable to discrimination. Researchers estimate that local ordinances protect about 29% of Oklahoma’s workforce from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Local ordinances also protect only about 3% of adults from this type of discrimination in housing and public accommodations.