The cost of intersectional identity can be high, and new data from a coalition of organizations shows a major disparity in economic stability between white LGBTQ people and non-white LGBTQ people.
“They’re more likely to live in poverty, they’re more likely to lack health insurance,” said Naomi Goldberg, the principal writer on the report Paying an Unfair Price. The report outlines several risks, including lack of protections for same-sex families and lack of familial or school acceptance as factors that contribute to higher levels of homelessness, poverty and other issues.
The image of affluent, and primarily white lesbians and gays with pink dollars only tell part of the story. Just like there is queer wealth, there is queer poverty – but the latter is less likely to make mainstream news.
“It’s really about that, kind of, erasure,” says Connie Razza from Center for Popular Democracy, “When we look at many of the movements that are going on right now for a fair minimum wage, for earned sick time and family leave, those things are all movements that will disproportionally benefit LGBTQ workers, LGBTQ people of color and LGBTQ families. And we don’t talk about them that way.”
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