The challenges that those in the LGBTQ community face are a constant uphill climb when compared to their straight counterparts. Progress for civil rights equality for LGBTQ members had begun to slow down over the past few decades, which, in turn, has affected their employment and finances. Life for gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals has historically been difficult, and recent decisions made by those in the United States government and world-wide corporations has only compounded those difficulties even more.
Research shows that homosexuals are less financially stable compared to heterosexuals; 42 percent of LGBTQ people feel more depressed concerning their finances compared to 31 percent of heterosexuals. A quarter of LGBTQ members have faced financial struggles, and believe it is because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, versus 14 percent of straight people. According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, homosexuals are found to have more student loan debt, are more likely to be poor, and even have experienced homelessness more than heterosexuals.
Surveys and research reveal several reasons on why there is such a discrepancy where discrimination plays a serious role. Most members of the LGBTQ community feel that they have not received the same financial support from their friends or families, leaving them mostly alone when dealing with money. Gay marriage had only just been recently deemed lawful in the United States.
Even if governments are just beginning to legally recognize same-sex marriages and homosexuality, that does not prevent those in the LGBTQ community from facing constant discrimination, specifically in the workplace. The United States Justice Department has just recently said they would no longer protect transgender people from workplace discrimination, thus removing protections under civil rights laws afforded to them by the previous administration.
The Trump administration has also said they are planning on stripping even more civil rights from the transgender community. This would only increase the high unemployment rates that LGBTQ members already face. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, more than a quarter of the transgender community say that they have lost a job because of their gender identity.
Philadelphia LGBTQ Discrimination Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Advocate for Those Facing Discrimination
If you have been a victim of discrimination, the Philadelphia LGBTQ discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. can help you fight for your rights. Call 215-569-1999 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. Our offices are in Philadelphia, and we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and throughout South Jersey.