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Every day, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people experience discrimination in the workplace. Typically, it is rooted in homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, or mere cultural incompetency of what reality is like for LGBT people—-and the consequences are real. Workplace discrimination makes it difficult for Black LGBT workers to secure a job, and financially provide for themselves and their families. The negative treatment that LGBT people encounter, oftentimes solely based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, is further exacerbated for Black LGBT people.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would change this by allowing every worker to be judged on their merits, talents, and qualifications, not on who they are or whom they love. This change could be the first step to ensuring that LGBT workers, and especially Black LGBT workers, are economically secure.
Currently, there are no binding workplace protections for the nearly nine million LGBT workers throughout the United States. If passed, ENDA would become the first federal law that provides explicit workplace protections for LGBT individuals by prohibiting most employers from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. This federal protection is critical given that it is still perfectlylegal to fire someone simply because they are lesbian, gay, or bisexual in 29 states in this country, and in 33 states simply because they are transgender or gender-nonconforming.
Here’s why enacting ENDA is critical to the economic stability of all LGBT people, especially Black LGBT people.
Black LGBT people are economically insecure and are at a high risk of poverty.Contrary to the myth of gay affluence and grossly fabricated mainstream depictions of a predominately-white LGBT community, LGBT people are racially and financially diverse. In a 2012 Gallup poll, for example, LGBT people were more likely to identify as people of color compared to non-LGBT people. Black Americans were themost likelyto identify as LGBT, and research shows thatBlack LGBT people, in particular, are at a much higher risk of poverty than other groups. The lack of job security for LGBT people, given they can be fired at a moment’s notice just for being LGBT, further exacerbates this economic insecurity.
Large numbers of LGBT people live in states with no workplace protections, and many of those states have high populations of Black LGBT people. Black same-sex couples are more likely to live in areas with higher concentrations of Black people, rather than metropolitan areas known for large LGBT populations. For example, southern statescomprise some of the largest numbersof Black same-sex couples raising children, but places like Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have no statewide LGBT workplace protections, thus leaving LGBT families economically vulnerable.
When compounded with race, sexual orientation, and gender identity, Black LGBT people are particularly vulnerable to a lack of workplace protections. When intersected, racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia can create disparate job bias against Black LGBT people. Frequently, Black LGBT workers are among some of the most marginalized people due to lack of workplace policies and employers who discriminate. Due to race-based discrimination, LGBT animus, lack of workplace protections, and minimal help to get out of poverty, LGBT workers can find themselves in a precarious situation. These are only a few impediments that prevent Black LGBT people from finding and keeping a steady job – one that allows them to financially provide for themselves and their family.
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Some inspiration: meet Janet Mock a smart, passionate and beautiful Woman of Colour making waves for her trans advocacy and the huge impact her #GirlsLikeUs campaign has made on TransWoman visibility.
It all started with her telling her story.
So AfroTransWomen tell us yours: email@example.com
Such an inspiration!
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I could NOT believe she was transgender when I first heard of her, stunning!