Welcome to the BC Library's guide to LGBTQ resources! On this homepage you will find: resources on overarching LGBTQ issues, books that explain LGBTQ issues and showcase LGBTQ data and statistics, LGBTQ resources local to Bakersfield, information on LGBTQ-affirming healthcare, and information on LGBTQ-affirming faith communities, in addition to resources for those who wish to be allies to the LGBTQ community.
Look through the rest of the tabs on this guide to find resources specific to each letter in the LGBTQ acronym, in addition to a tab on insectional resources for LGBTQ people of color.
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On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This means that it is now illegal in the United States to fire someone or deny them a job on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Previously, there was no federal law protecting individuals from discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. 22 states had created nondiscrimination laws to protect LBGTQ individuals, but 28 states had not.