LGBT Economic Security
LGBT Americans have the same worries as other Americans when it comes to finding good jobs and saving for the future. But LGBT people also face outdated and discriminatory laws that make it harder for them to become financially secure and provide for their families.
b>Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being LGBT in America documents how LGBT people in the United States face clear financial penalties because of three primary failures in the law:
Lack of protection from discrimination means that LGBT people can be fired, denied housing and credit, and refused medically necessary healthcare simply because they are LGBT.
Refusal to recognize LGBT families means that LGBT families are denied many of the same benefits afforded to non-LGBT families when it comes to health insurance, taxes, vital safety-net programs, and retirement planning.
Failure to adequately protect LGBT students means that LGBT people and their families often face a hostile, unsafe, and unwelcoming environment in local schools, as well as discrimination in accessing financial aid and other support.
The result: LGBT Americans are more likely than non-LGBT Americans to be poor, even though individuals in same-sex couples are more likely to be in the labor force than individuals in opposite-sex couples. And among those at greatest financial risk from these laws: LGBT people with children, LGBT people of color, LGBT older aunts, and LGBT people living in states with low levels of equality.
To learn more, and to explore recommendations for ending the financial penalties that LGBT Americans face simply because they are LGBT, read Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being LGBT in America, and explore the related content below.