Discrimination is no new concept but the concept of its prejudice is quite dated. People from all over the world, from every culture and at every point in time have been discriminated against for one reason or another. Some people are outcast due to their race or skin color, while some are judged by their financial stability or economic class. Further understanding the complexity of human beings have allowed for certain traits of the human persona to come to light – and a part of that human concept, which is that of sexuality, has also been discriminated against.
The efforts to alleviate society from the stigma that surrounds sexual orientation have been relatively new. In the only thousand or so years of recorded human history (compared to the millions of years of human existence on this planet), it has only ever been in the late 1990s that there have been fruitful movements to pass laws and rights to those of varying sexual orientations – to those who are not heterosexual, so to speak.
There has been significant evidence over the years to fund the fact that there is sexual discrimination in various facets of life. Whether or not the individual person acts upon their sexuality (as romantic orientation and gender identity also come into play as parts that further complicate the complexities of human persona), it is the simple fact that they are homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or other that is the standard to which they are unlawfully discriminated against.
According to the website of Cary Kane LLP, there is no active federal law that protects citizens from sexual orientation discrimination, but there are laws that act on a state level that currently operate to prevent such dealings from happening. Half of the United States of America has these laws in practice, such as the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA).
If you or someone you know has been discriminated against due to their sexual orientation, it is recommended for them to contact an expert immediately in order to dispense due legal action.