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LGBT Workers of Color Unequal

By Charlotte Robinson, November 14, 2013

According to a new report LGBT workers of color are among the most disadvantaged workers in America. This is due to discrimination coupled with a lack of workplace protections, unequal job benefits & taxation & unsafe, under-resourced U.S. schools, LGBT people of color face extraordinarily high rates of unemployment & poverty. Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director & CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition stated, “Contrary to popular stereotypes, LGBT workers are more racially diverse than the general population, making it critical to address the unique obstacles they face. Bias & prejudice based on race, sexual orientation & gender identity/expression intersect to the detriment of LGBT workers of color.” Ineke Mushovic, Executive Director of the Movement Advancement Project added, “Systemic barriers & inequities in the educational system make it harder for LGBT people of color to meet workforce qualifications. LGBT workers of color are also unfairly denied or lack access to job-related benefits that other workers take for granted, making it harder for these workers to earn a living & provide for their families. “A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color,” is co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project, the Center for American Progress & its FIRE Initiative; Freedom to Work, the Human Rights Campaign & the National Black Justice Coalition in partnership with Color of Change, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, League of United Latin American Citizens, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, the National Action Network, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates & SEIU. This is all just another reason why we need to pass ENDA, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act now. Updates to Come...:)
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