Protected and Served?

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Know the laws in your state that protect LBGT people and people living with HIV.
Protected and Served?

Are government institutions properly protecting and serving LGBT people and people living with HIV? Lambda Legal conducted a national study of the experiences individuals have with police, courts, prisons and school security. A total of 2,376 people completed the survey, the results of which are reported below.


  • Police
    Among respondents, 73% had face-to-face contact with the police within the past five years, and many felt discriminated against when dealing with police.
  • Courts
    Judges and attorneys have a responsibility to make sure everyone is treated fairly and respectfully in courts. The reality for LGBT people and people living with HIV too often falls short.
  • Jails and Prisons
    Correctional facilities should protect prisoners and respect their rights and dignity—but LGBT people and people living with HIV are at high risk of mistreatment.
  • School Security
    LGBTQ students, the actual victims of bullying and harassment, may be disproportionately targeted for severe security and disciplinary measures.
  • Numerous organizations helped with the Protected and Served? survey.