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Discrimination in Private and Public Spaces

ByBarbara L. Graham

This chapter focuses on how laws and discriminatory practices have been used to exclude disfavored racialized and sexualized groups from white-identified and heteronormative spaces. Housing discrimination against persons of color and the LGBTQ community remains a persistent problem in the United States. Despite major federal and state public accommodation laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, national origin and sex in public places, LGBTQ persons are denied this basic human right on a widespread scale. In short, the racialized and sexualized nature of space and the negative stereotypes that are thrust upon disfavored groups who attempt to reside in white-identified and heteronormative spaces, reinforce second-class citizenship.