New Providence, N.J. — Oct. 3
Maine, Washington State, Minnesota and Iowa are among the best places for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender, or LGBT, individuals to work, according to a new XpertHR report evaluating the states offering the most progressive and friendly work environment for LGBTs.
Six states in the Northeast made the list, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, along with Washington, Iowa, California and Minnesota.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has long been a controversial issue. Fifty two percent of the LGBT population lives in states that do not prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
While some might be surprised that Iowa made the list, it has been a leader in LGBT rights. Iowa became the first Midwestern state to recognize same-sex marriage in 2009 and it has provided benefits to same-sex partners of state employees since 2003. The same holds true for Minnesota, which was the first state to implement gender identity protections.
XpertHR’s top 10 LGBT-employment friendly states:
• New York
• Rhode Island