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Living Outside the Safety Net: LGBT Families and Social Security

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people live in 99.3 percent of all U.S. counties, work in every sector of the economy, and are raising at least 250,000 children, according to The Williams Institute. 

These working families have experienced the impact of the current economic downturn alongside the rest of America. However, systemic discrimination coupled with a lack of uniform relationship recognition increases the risk of poverty for same-sex couples, their children, and the growing number of LGBT older adults. Due to this discrimination, LGBT people — especially the elderly — have lower incomes and are less likely to be able to save for retirement or disability.

 

Read HRC's briefing, Living Outside the Safety Net: LGBT Families and Social Security.