Today, in the lead-up to Juneteenth, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released a new report ‘Black LGBTQ People and Compounding Discrimination.’ This report uses data from the 2020 Black LGBTQ Community Survey, a national survey of Black LGBTQ adults in the United States, and employs an intersectional statistical model to demonstrate the prevalence and impact of discrimination in education, employment, healthcare, housing and public accommodations. The analysis found that Black LGBTQ people most frequently reported discrimination in the areas of public accommodations and employment. Furthermore, the analysis also shows that these forms of discrimination are linked to lower rates of educational achievement, employment, as well as housing and financial security.
Some key findings on discrimination and employment:
Some key findings on discrimination and healthcare:
Some key findings on discrimination and housing:
Some key findings on discrimination and homelessness:
Some key findings on discrimination and public accomodations:
The data analyzed in this report shows that discrimination against Black LGBTQ people is a real and ongoing threat to their lives and livelihoods. The discrimination that Black LGBTQ people face is a function of the stigma, lack of legal protections, erasure of Black LGBTQ identities, bias, rejection and violence the community faces in daily life. These challenges, which are often rooted in inaccurate beliefs and politically-motivated attacks, erect barriers in virtually every facet of Black LGBTQ people’s lives, denying them the equal opportunity to succeed and be accepted for who they are.
State and federal officials have many tools at their disposal to begin addressing systemic racism head on, including reshaping state budgets and creating task forces to promote genuine equity for Black and LGBTQ communities across a range of issues — from policing to employment, housing, education and more.
The report also includes a section highlighting effective solutions along with brief guidance on how individuals, organizations and governing bodies can level these recommendations, including:
HRC’s analysis uses an intersectional statistical model, a process for analyzing the data in a way that accounts for the multiple identities of Black LGBTQ people in addition to their race, sexual orientation or gender identity. It allows for the analysis to determine the rate of discrimination reported by similar survey respondents based on the product of their specific generation, gender, connection to their local communities and many other factors.
The survey was led by Community Marketing & Insights and the Center for Black Equity in October 2020, and supported by the Human Rights Campaign, AARP, Freddy Mac, Wilson Media and numerous Black LGBTQ media outlets. This report was sponsored by AARP. In addition, this report and HRC Foundation’s efforts to combat racism is made possible with the support of: Anonymous, Assurant Foundation, Baxter International Foundation, BBVA, Carlson Company and the Carlson Family Foundation, Cisco Systems, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, David Bohnett Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Google, Gucci America, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Levi Strauss & Co., MetLife Foundation, The Morningstar Foundation, Norton LifeLock, Inc. (through Silicon Valley Community Foundation), Open Society Foundations, PVH, Rockefeller Foundation, State Farm, The TJX Companies, T-Mobile, Toyota, UPS Foundation, Inc., U. S. Bank, Vanguard Group Foundation, Verizon, ViiV Healthcare and Zendesk.
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