A new report shows how children living in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families of color have become collateral damage of antiquated family laws, social stigma, and racial /ethnic discrimination.
LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance, a supplement to the All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families report released in October 2011, brings together a coalition of public policy and family advocacy organizations: The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, UNID@S, the Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality (FIRE) initiative, the Family Equality Council, the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress.
“Contrary to popular stereotypes, both black and Latino gay and lesbian couples are more likely to raise children than their white counterparts,” said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director and CEO of NBJC.
“Gay and lesbian couples of color are also more likely to become foster parents.”The report finds that LGBT families are more racially and ethnically diverse than families headed by married heterosexual couples. Children raised in these LGBT families of color confront a dual burden of social stigma and discrimination. Other key findings include:
Of same-sex couples with children, 41 percent are people of color, compared to 34 percent of married different-sex couples with children.
A startling 32 percent of children raised by black same-sex couples live in poverty, compared to 13 percent of children raised by black married different-sex couples and 7 percent of children raised by white married different-sex couples.
While 74 percent of white workers receive health insurance coverage through work, only 42 percent of Latino workers, 50 percent of black workers, and 69 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander workers receive such coverage through their employers.
A survey of LGBT parents and their school-age children found that 40 percent of students with LGBT parents reported being verbally harassed because of their families, and 43 percent of students of color with LGBT parents said that they had experienced harassment because of their race and ethnicity.LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance also summarizes legal, policy and cultural solutions that, taken together, could virtually eliminate the legal inequities that hurt children living in LGBT families of color, for example, providing LGBT families of color and their children with equal access to health care and health insurance, as well as medical decision-making ability.LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance is available online atwww.children-matter.org.
Source: Press Release