Poverty In The Lesbian, Gay, And Bisexual Community

Source: Randy Albelda, M.V. Lee Badgett, Alyssa Schneebaum, The Williams Institute, UCLA, March 2009

In 2007, 12.5% of Americans were officially counted as poor by the United States Census Bureau. People from every region, race, age, and sex are counted among our nation’s poor, where ―poor is defined as living in a family with an income below the federal poverty level. In contrast, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people are invisible in these poverty statistics. This report undertakes the first analysis of the poor and low-income lesbian, gay, and bisexual population.

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