Poverty rate for LGBT people in U.S. ‘much higher’ than straight, cisgender individuals: study

New York Daily News
by Muri Assunção
October 23, 2019

Sexual orientation and gender identity play a significant role in determining if a person’s income might fall below the poverty threshold, a new study has found.

Released Tuesday by UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, the research — entitled LGBT Poverty in the United States — found that about one in five LGBT people (21.6%) in the U.S. experience poverty, compared to 15.7% of straight and cisgender individuals.

Among the key findings, researchers found that cisgender straight men and gay men have similar rates of poverty and their poverty rates are lower than every other group. They also saw a large disparity, within the larger LGBT community: from 12.1% of poverty rate experienced by cisgender gay men to 29.4% experienced by both transgender people and cisgender bisexual women.

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