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  • Ryan Wittler

LGBT Americans Are Less Food and Economic Secure

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According to the latest census data, adult Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender report experiencing higher rates of food and economic insecurity than non-LGBT people.

The findings come from the Household Pulse Survey (HSP) sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau, a survey that seeks to provide insight into the experiences of American households during the pandemic.

Some findings:

According to the data, 13.1% of LGBT adults lived in households reporting that there was “sometimes” or “often” not enough food to eat in the past seven days, compared to just 7.2% of non-LGBT adults.

Over one-third (36.6%) of LGBT adults lived in households that experienced difficulty paying for usual household expenses in the past seven days, compared to 26.1% of non-LGBT adults, and 19.8% lived in a household that reported losing employment income in the past four weeks, compared to just 16.8% of non-LGBT adults.

Why it’s significant:

The latest HSP survey was the first such survey backed by the Census Bureau to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, hopefully leading to more inclusive -- and accurate -- data on the nation’s LGBTQ+ population.

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