LGBT Americans Are Less Food and Economic Secure
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.
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.