Reports & Research

The extent of sexual orientation discrimination in Topeka, Kansas

Report Type: 
Report
Date: 
November 15, 2004

Discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation continues to be a problem in the City of Topeka. A 2004 survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents illuminates that:

  • 47 percent report having to conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity to protect their jobs;
  • 20 percent report having trouble getting housing and renters’ insurance because of their sexual orientation or gender identity;
  • 11 percent report experinecing discrimination while seeking police protection.

This climate of hostility has a detrimental effect on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the City of Topeka as a whole.

Note: On March 1, 2005, four months after this report was released, Topeka voters defeated (53 percent to 47 percent) a proposed ordinance that sought to prevent the City of Topeka from taking any action to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people from discrimination for the next 10 years and overturning a 2002 hate crimes ordinance and existing ordinances banning employment discrimination in city government on the basis of sexual orientation.