Groundbreaking report from broad coalition explores barriers to good jobs for LGBT workers of color
San Francisco, CA— According to a new report released today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers of color are among the most disadvantaged workers in the United States. Due to discrimination coupled with a lack of workplace protections, unequal job benefits and taxation, and unsafe, under-resourced U.S. schools, LGBT people of color face extraordinarily high rates of unemployment and poverty.
A Broken Bargain for Workers of Color, with Out and Equal Workplace Advocates as key partners, is a companion to the recently released report, A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits, and More Taxes for LGBT Workers, co-authored by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Center for American Progress (CAP) and its FIRE Initiative, Freedom to Work, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), in partnership with Color of Change, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Action Network, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), SEIU and Out and Equal Workplace Advocates.
"While there are federal laws protecting people of color from job discrimination, there is still no federal law protecting LGBT people. This report demonstrates that LGBT people of color face significant unemployment rates, and I believe that a fully inclusive ENDA will make a significant difference. Discrimination is never acceptable, and Out & Equal is proud to partner in releasing this report at such an important time in our movement’s history,” said Selisse Berry, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.
LGBT PEOPLE ARE MORE RACIALLY AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE THAN THE U.S. POPULATION AS A WHOLE
A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color presents the latest demographic information about LGBT workers of color, including:
“Contrary to popular stereotypes, LGBT workers are more racially diverse than the general population, making it critical to address the unique obstacles they face,” said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition. “Bias and prejudice based on race, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression intersect to the detriment of LGBT workers of color.”
LGBT WORKERS OF COLOR CONFRONT A DUAL BURDEN OF SOCIAL STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION
A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color examines how LGBT workers of color face unique challenges related to their race and ethnicity and their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in three areas:
COMMON-SENSE SOLUTIONS CAN REDUCE UNFAIR BARRIERS TO SUCCESS FOR LGBT WORKERS OF COLOR
“Fixing the broken bargain for LGBT workers of color will help ensure that they are treated fairly no matter where they work, that they receive the same compensation for the same work, and that they can access important benefits available to other workers to protect their health and livelihood,” said Tico Almeida, President of Freedom to Work.
A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers offers detailed recommendations for action to fix the broken bargain for LGBT workers of color by the federal, state, and local governments, as well as colleges, universities, and employers. Recommendations include:
America has passed numerous laws and policies based on an understanding that protecting the interests of workers and their families is good for the economy and good for the country. It is time for those protections to extend to LGBT workers of color,” said Jeff Krehely, Vice President and Chief Foundation Officer at the Human Rights Campaign.