Poverty

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    LGBT Poverty in the United States

    M.V. Lee Badgett, Soon Kyu Choi, Bianca D.M. Wilson
    October 2019

    One in five (21.6%) LGBT people in the U.S. experience poverty, compared to 15.7% of cisgender straight people.

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    Raising the Federal Minimum Wage: Impact on LGBT Adults

    Kerith J. Conron, Shoshana K. Goldberg

    An estimated 1,450,000 LGBT adults would see an increase in earnings by 2025 if the minimum wage were increased to $15 per hour.

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    Socioeconomic Status of Sexual Minorities

    Kerith J. Conron, Shoshana K. Goldberg, Carolyn T. Halpern
    September 2018

    Sexual minorities in the U.S. have fewer economic resources than their straight peers and the gap is more pronounced among women.

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    The Impact Of A $15 Minimum Wage Among Same Sex Couples

    M.V. Lee Badgett, Alyssa Schneebaum, September 2016

    Raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $15 an hour would reduce LGBT poverty by one-third for male same-sex couples and by almost one-half for female same-sex couples.

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    Food Insecurity and SNAP Participation in the LGBT Community

    By Taylor N.T. Brown, Adam P. Romero, and Gary J. Gates
    July 2016

    This study analyzes the extent of food insecurity experiences and participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) among LGBT adults and adults in same-sex couples. Using data from four representative, population-based surveys the authors find higher rates of these experiences among LGBT adults and adults in same-sex couples than among non-LGBT adults and adults in different-sex couples.

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