There is no protection against hate crimes or harassment for LGBTQ people in Indiana. While there is safety in numbers at pride, there is no legal protection for hate-based attacks.
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While we at NUVO highly doubt that any one business along the parade route would fire someone for how they identify, theoretically, if they wanted to, the employee could not receive a jury trial or carry the case into court outside of the human rights ordinance.
Women's rights were hit hard in 2016 with the passage of HEA 1337, the most restrictive abortion law in the country
. To the west of the parade route lies IU Health where doctors will be forced over the next year to not perform abortions if the child has a terminal illness, something that will absolutely impact lesbian, bi, queer and transgender individuals.
It is required under Indiana law that adults report sexual abuse or harassment of minors. In a criminal court case, minors cannot be found guilty for consenting to an adult when it comes to sexual abuse. The adult can use it as a defense in a civil case. According to the Human Rights Campaign, "as a community, LGBTQ people face higher rates of poverty, stigma, and marginalization, which put us at greater risk for sexual assault."