“A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color” is a companion to the recently released report, “A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits, and More Taxes for LGBT Workers.” Both reports highlight the inequalities for LGBTQ employees, however this new report focuses specifically on non-white LGBTQ’s. Below are some details from the report, the entire report can be read here.
Published: November 18, 2013
The basic American bargain is that people who work hard and meet their responsibilities should be able to get ahead. It is an agreement that workers will be judged and rewarded based on their contributions and capabilities— no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they are from. This basic bargain is not just an idea—it is embedded in laws that promote equal access to jobs and that protect workers from unfair practices.
For LGBT workers of color in America, this bargain is in tatters. Instead of having a fair chance to get ahead, LGBT workers of color often are held back by a combination of barriers that adversely affect their ability to get a quality education and find good, family-supporting jobs in workplaces that are free of discrimination. While it can be hard to identify exactly how the forces of bias and prejudice based on race, sexual orientation and gender identity intersect, the fact is that they do so to the detriment of LGBT workers of color, making them some of the most disadvantaged workers in the U.S. workforce.
Among the results of these inequities are extraordinarily high rates of unemployment and poverty for LGBT workers of color in the United States.
LGBT Workers of Color in America
Contrary to common stereotypes, LGBT people are more racially and ethnically diverse than the U.S. popula- tion as a whole. The report presents the latest demographic information about LGBT workers of color, including:
• As many as one-third of LGBT people are people of color. In a 2012 Gallup poll, one in three LGBT respondents (33%) identified themselves as people of color, compared to 27% of non-LGBT respondents. In all, MAP estimates that there are 5.4 million LGBT workers in the United States, of which 1.8 million are people of color.
• The LGBT population includes large numbers of immigrants. There are an estimated 904,000 LGBT adult immigrants in the United States; an estimated 32,300 binational same-sex couples (couples where one member is not an American citizen); and 11,700 same-sex couples where both members are not American citizens. Many of these immigrants are Latino or Asian.
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