The Poorest Among Us: 1 In 4 LGBT Southerners Live In Poverty

by Dawn Ennis
December 30, 2019

The year 2019 draws to a close with major indications of a strong U.S. economy, according to business columnist Jonathon Trugman of the New York Post: GDP growth of between 2 and 3%, 159 million Americans employed — a historic milestone — with 3.6% unemployment and average hourly earnings up more than 3% this year. Investors did extremely well this year, Trugman boasts, with all the major indices up more than 20%.

But for those Americans living in poverty, those numbers don’t necessarily mean a better life, especially if they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law reveals that members of the U.S. LGBT community in a majority of states experience higher rates of poverty compared to their straight, cisgender neighbors.

According to researchers Soon Kyu Choi, M.V. Lee Badgett, and Bianca D.M. Wilson, LGBT Americans living in Southern states have it hardest: almost one in four are poor.

Here are the numbers: In the South, the study found 24% of LGBT adults are living in poverty, closely followed by 23% in the Midwest, 22% in the West, and 18% in the Northeast.

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