HRC launching Nebraska chapter to advocate for LGBT rights

Nebraska's now-negated marriage ban has been struck down.

Nebraska's now-negated marriage ban has been struck down.

The Human Rights Campaign on Monday announced it will form a Nebraska chapter to advocate for laws that protect LGBT people in housing, employment and public accommodations in the Cornhusker State.

NebraskaThe HRC said its recent survey of LGBT Nebraskans show 57 percent of respondents have called the state home for more than 20 years, more than half are in committed relationships, and 59 percent volunteer in their respective communities.

However, the survey also found 41 percent have experienced harassment at work, more than one in five have experienced employment discrimination and one-third of LGBT respondents in rural areas have experienced harassment in school on a weekly basis.

The survey also discovered 22 percent of respondents have experienced harassment at their place of worship and 57 percent have experienced harassment on the street.

The announcement follows two legislative sessions during which gay rights legislation failed to beat filibusters or make it out of committee, and the failure of legal challenges to the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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