New study examines pathways into poverty for LGBTQ adults

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09/30/2020

A new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law provides an exploration of common pathways into and prolonging poverty among a diverse population of low-income LGBTQ people in California An analysis of interviews with 93 low-income LGBTQ people in Los Angeles County and Kern County revealed common entry points into poverty, including childhood poverty and anti-LGBT bias. In addition, findings showed some factors exacerbate poverty differently among racial groups, as well as by sexual orientation and gender identity. In particular, childhood poverty was more common for low-income LGBTQ people who were Black, American Indian, and Latinx. “It is significant that the majority of LGBTQ people in our study first experienced poverty during childhood,” said lead study author Bianca D.M. Wilson, Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. “This indicates that one of the most effective ways to address LGBTQ poverty may be to target economic instability in families and communities rather than focusing only on LGBTQ adolescents and queer adults.”

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