Discrimination Against LGBT People in South Carolina
By Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
An estimated 137,000 LGBT adults live in South Carolina. There are approximately 99,000 LGBT workers age 16 and older in the state.
South Carolina 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 only about 1% of South Carolina’s workforce from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Local ordinances also protect only about 8% of adults from discrimination in housing and about 12% of adults from discrimination in public accommodations.