Thursday, April 23, 2015

STUDY: LGBT People of Color

A new report details the financial, relationship and educational hardship faced by LGBT people of color. It contrasts the circumstances of LGBT people of color with the white LGBT people and the general population at large.

Courtesy The Advocate...

The report details the discrimination that LGBT people of color face in employment, housing, health care, and other aspects of their lives. “Disproportionate numbers of LGBT people of color live in places that lack any explicit state-level protections for LGBT people,” says Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project. “This means that LGBT people of color face a high risk of economic harm from anti-LGBT laws. Based on the connection between poverty and an individual’s race or ethnicity, many LGBT people of color are less able to absorb the financial penalties created by anti-LGBT laws when compared to white LGBT people.”

Also, LGBT people of color are more likely to be raising children than white LGBT people, often in states without marriage equality or legal recognition of parenting ties, the report notes. And young LGBT people of color frequently encounter bullying or harassment in school, making it harder for them to obtain the type of education that can lead to better economic opportunities.

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