On being gay and poor

Screenshot 2017-04-20 19.38.22Members of the LGBT community face the same obstacles and struggles as other individuals, but they also face unique challenges based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

LGBT people are widely discriminated against in the United States, and although steps have been made in the right direction, there are still many problems to be solved.

In the context of this blog, LGBT people (particularly youth) disproportionately suffer from economic challenges including poverty and homelessness. This isn’t the place for flowery words or platitudes; I’ll just start listing facts and when you feel like you’ve seen enough, skip to the end and get involved whatever way you can — if you feel the need to do so.

These aren’t just numbers; they’re people’s lives – their struggles, their broken families, their tragedies. As someone with a transgender parent, as someone whose friends have been assaulted and raped for expressing who they are, as someone who identifies on the LGBT spectrum but doesn’t act on it for fear of discrimination, these struggles are deeply personal to me. We can do better. We have to.

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