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Disabled LGBTQ Adults Work Hardships

By Charlotte Robinson, November 09, 2021

A new report from the Center for American Progress reveals how compounding forms of discrimination cause disabled LGBTQ individuals to face heightened exclusion in the workplace. Caroline Medina, Policy Analyst for the LGBTQ Research & Communications Project at CAP & co-author of the report stated, “LGBTQI+ people with disabilities face significantly higher rates of workforce discrimination & labor exclusion. These disparities are correlated with elevated rates of poverty, low levels of homeownership & asset building, an inability to access medical services & poorer health outcomes.” Mia Ives-Rublee, Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at CAP & co-author of the report concluded, “It is essential for Congress to adopt robust nondiscrimination laws—such as the Equality Act—to address the intersecting barriers that disabled LGBTQI+ people face, particularly in employment. By eliminating asset limits for public assistance programs, abolishing the subminimum wage & closing the Medicaid coverage gap, among many other measures, lawmakers can help to address the disparities laid out in this report.” This is another reason we need to pass The Equality Act & reduce disparities & improve outcomes among all LGBTQ people. The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research & educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just & free America that ensures opportunity for all. They believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values & aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. They work to find progressive & pragmatic solutions to significant domestic & international problems & develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people & for the people.” Read Report…

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