Thursday, August 6, 2009

Equality Forward - New Study Released on LGBT People of Color

The Human Rights Campaign has released the newly completed study called Equality Forward, At The Intersection Race, Sexuality, and Gender which examines the lives of LGBT people of color. It is part of a broader initiative to unite gay and straight people of all races and ethnic backgrounds in the quest for equal justice.

Key findings of the report:

  • Voices of LGBT POC are not at the forefront of groups fighting to end racial injustice as well as in LGBT equality groups.
  • LGBT POC share the same concerns as the rest of the population and have broader issues beyond LGBT specific ones. They are concerned with health care and economic priorities.
  • More than 50% of LGBT POC feels as though the Church treats them as outsiders and sinners and feel unwelcome at religious institutions.
  • LGBT POC do not feel represented in media, often seeing a lack of LGBT characters altogether, and when present usually white.
  • They feel that racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia are issues that must be tackled to prevent violence, discrimination.
HRC encourages feedback and discussion on the topic matter by urging you to share your story.

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