We hope that Mr. Sheen’s announcement will advance the conversation about HIV and AIDS in this country. As an organization committed to protecting the civil rights of people living with HIV, here are some things people should keep in mind as this is discussed in the coming days.
In spite of all our recent victories, hardworking people continue to experience pervasive discrimination in the workplace – and even lose their jobs – because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.
We unequivocally reject the ugly and divisive calls for Lambda Legal and other organizations to stop working on behalf of the rights of people who are transgender. We are one movement commonly seeking the liberty to be our true and full selves, to be free from acts of bias, and to live our lives with dignity.
It denies LGBT people protections others receive, invites discrimination against transgender people, eliminates local civil rights laws, and protects both licensed professionals who discriminate and religiously affiliated medical and social service providers that discriminate with public funds.