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New report outlines employment barriers for LGBT workers of color

gaywrites:

It comes as no surprise that due to less-than-optimal workplace protections and shamefully high rates of discrimination, LGBT workers of color are one of the most disadvantaged populations in the American workforce today.

But a new report co-authored by a number of LGBT, POC and social justice organizations looks at the current situation for LGBT workers of color, considering this population’s range of demographics and recommending policy changes that could help fix the problem. 

As we know, coming off of a great deal of conversation about ENDA, LGBT people lack workplace protections in most of the country. A number of other factors demonstrate how the intersection of being a person of color as well as queer can make it extremely difficult to find gainful employment. ThinkProgress broke it down here:

  • LGBT people are more likely to identify as people of color compared to non-LGBT people. In a 2012 Gallup poll, for instance, 33 percent of LGBT respondents identified as people of color, compared to 27 percent of non-LGBT respondents.
  • Black Americans were the most likely to identify as LGBT, and research shows that black LGBT people, in particular, are at a much higher risk of poverty than other groups.
  • LGBT people of color are more likely to be raising children than their white LGBT counterparts, with estimates of between 780,000 and 1.1 million children being raised by LGBT people of color.
  • LGBT people of color are at a much higher risk of poverty than non-LGBT people. For example, black same-sex couples have poverty rates at least twice the rates of black different-sex married couples – 18 percent versus 8 percent.

More specific factors that tend to disproportionately affect queer people of color, ThinkProgress adds, are the school-to-prison pipeline, unwarranted background checks, unequal pay and inadequate workplace protections. The moral of the story is that we’ve got a lot of work to do. Additional thoughts?

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america-wakiewakie:

Corporate Greed

america-wakiewakie:

Corporate Greed

(Source: america-wakiewakie, via anarcho-queer)

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I had my father get sick when I was 22. And I was poor, alright. And my father had an ulcer, and it exploded and you know all these toxins get in your blood. And basically, my father died, whatever, 50 days after his ulcer. So I had a father get sick while I was poor.

My mother got sick when I was rich. And my mother, you know… I don’t really want to get into it, but my mother was sicker than my father. And my mother’s alive. My mother’s fine, OK? I remember going to the hospital to see my mother and wondering, ‘Was I in the right place?’ Like, this was a hotel. Like it had a concierge, man.

People don’t… if the average person really knew the discrepancy in the health care system, there’d be riots in the streets, OK? They would burn this motherfucker down!”

"

Chris Rock [video]

Bringing this back, because some people don’t seem to understand that there is a discrepancy in the quality of care among poor, middle-class, and wealthy people, NO MATTER HOW DEBILITATING THEIR RESPECTIVE DISEASES MAY BE.

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Forever reblog. 

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"There’s only one issue Paul Ryan brings up. As someone who voted for the Iraq War, the Bush tax breaks and an unfunded Medicare Part D then proposed a budget that guts nearly everything that helps working people, he gives us the perfect opportunity to make this point: The exact same people who blew the surplus, exploded our debt and crashed our economy are still using this crisis as an opportunity to gut our social safety net and transfer trillions more in wealth to the rich."

The One “Issue” Paul Ryan Brings Up (via azspot)

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"Why should we accept that the “talent” of someone who writes jingles for an advertising agency advertising dog food and gets $100,000 a year is superior to the talent of an auto mechanic who makes $40,000 a year? Who is to say that Bill Gates works harder than the dishwasher in the restaurant he frequents, or that the CEO of a hospital who makes $400,000 a year works harder than the nurse or the orderly in that hospital who makes $30,000 a year? The president of Boston University makes $300,000 a year. Does he work harder than the man who cleans the offices of the university? Talent and hard work are qualitative factors which cannot be measured quantitatively."

Howard Zinn

Simple

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This is another thought I always have when people say, “Rich people earned their money and they deserve to keep it!!!” What about people who worked just as hard, just as many hours, and didn’t make much money?

The average CEO pay in America is 380 times the average pay of their employees. Most economists believe that for an economy to be healthy and wealth income disparity to be low, the highest-paying person at an organization should only make 10-15 times more than the lowest-paid employee. (In 1980, CEO pay was only - *only* - 42 times more than average pay.) I refuse to believe that any CEO is working 380 times harder than their secretary.

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fieryaffair:

jvvi:

fieryaffair:

lascia-che-ti-ami:

fieryaffair:

fuckyeahsexeducation:

mixitupandmassappealit:

pleakleyispretty:

dearjimmoriarty:

bittergrapes:

ad-mirandam:

(z) In which I weep for humanity…

Yeeeeep that’s right folks! Doesn’t matter that people are homeless and DYING as long as a certain group within the community gets to marry!!!!

You see, marriage is a magic institution that solves everything!
Hmmm, where have I heard that before?

If you see nothing wrong with this, I don’t know what to tell you…

Our priorities are so hopelessly fucked, it kills me to see reminders of it on here. 

wat? No. Just No.

wat

LSDLJFNSDAF. Are you kidding? You people are fucking idiots, and I guess you’re also a tad bit illiterate, too. -.- Shows how fucking ignorant some people are. Did you guys not notice the “LGBT” in front of community? Figures. -.-
And, the “certain part of the community” would like the fucking right to marry, also, we’re still part of the community, we’re not some non-human freaks. ._.
Just sayin’.

“You people are fucking idiots, and I guess you’re also a tad bit illiterate, too. -.- Shows how fucking ignorant some people are. Did you guys not notice the “LGBT” in front of community?”
are you addressing the people who answered this poll or the comments on the reblogs?

I really despise polls like this. Trying to view this as unbiased as possible, it seems like this was specifically made to upset people. It implies that saying you care about on LGBT issue means you don’t care about the rest which isn’t true.
Everyone knows marriage equality would be highest because it’s the most publicized and has the clearest and seemingly most possible solution.
Yes, I’m not gay, trans, bi, etc. So maybe my opinion on the matter isn’t as relevant. But, since when is marriage equality a bad thing? It always shocks me to see how ready people are to turn against each other. 

Marriage equality is great, but it’s not nearly as important as addressing work and housing discrimination, or LGBT bullying, or LGBT suicide rates, or homelessness, or the extreme violence faced by trans* people. And all of these things are even worse for LGBT PoC (people of color), but especially worse for trans* people of color. While white cis gay men and lesbians get most of the visibility in our movement, they’re/we’re also the ones who don’t face as much shit and have lower rates of murders, violence, and suicides than queer people of color and trans* people (esp. trans* people of color), so it’s no wonder we (“we” being white cis queer people) are so fucking focused on ~marriage equality.
This movement has a lot of really racist and transphobic shit that we need to sort out.
Wouldn’t we rather make sure people aren’t dying or being kicked out of their homes or experiencing violence or committing suicide or losing their jobs or not being able to find a home than getting married? 

…I taste vomit in my mouth.

fieryaffair:

jvvi:

fieryaffair:

lascia-che-ti-ami:

fieryaffair:

fuckyeahsexeducation:

mixitupandmassappealit:

pleakleyispretty:

dearjimmoriarty:

bittergrapes:

ad-mirandam:

(z) In which I weep for humanity…

Yeeeeep that’s right folks! Doesn’t matter that people are homeless and DYING as long as a certain group within the community gets to marry!!!!

You see, marriage is a magic institution that solves everything!

Hmmm, where have I heard that before?

If you see nothing wrong with this, I don’t know what to tell you…

Our priorities are so hopelessly fucked, it kills me to see reminders of it on here. 

wat? No. Just No.

wat

LSDLJFNSDAF. Are you kidding? You people are fucking idiots, and I guess you’re also a tad bit illiterate, too. -.- Shows how fucking ignorant some people are. Did you guys not notice the “LGBT” in front of community? Figures. -.-

And, the “certain part of the community” would like the fucking right to marry, also, we’re still part of the community, we’re not some non-human freaks. ._.

Just sayin’.

“You people are fucking idiots, and I guess you’re also a tad bit illiterate, too. -.- Shows how fucking ignorant some people are. Did you guys not notice the “LGBT” in front of community?”

are you addressing the people who answered this poll or the comments on the reblogs?

I really despise polls like this. Trying to view this as unbiased as possible, it seems like this was specifically made to upset people. It implies that saying you care about on LGBT issue means you don’t care about the rest which isn’t true.

Everyone knows marriage equality would be highest because it’s the most publicized and has the clearest and seemingly most possible solution.

Yes, I’m not gay, trans, bi, etc. So maybe my opinion on the matter isn’t as relevant. But, since when is marriage equality a bad thing? It always shocks me to see how ready people are to turn against each other. 

Marriage equality is great, but it’s not nearly as important as addressing work and housing discrimination, or LGBT bullying, or LGBT suicide rates, or homelessness, or the extreme violence faced by trans* people. And all of these things are even worse for LGBT PoC (people of color), but especially worse for trans* people of color. While white cis gay men and lesbians get most of the visibility in our movement, they’re/we’re also the ones who don’t face as much shit and have lower rates of murders, violence, and suicides than queer people of color and trans* people (esp. trans* people of color), so it’s no wonder we (“we” being white cis queer people) are so fucking focused on ~marriage equality.

This movement has a lot of really racist and transphobic shit that we need to sort out.

Wouldn’t we rather make sure people aren’t dying or being kicked out of their homes or experiencing violence or committing suicide or losing their jobs or not being able to find a home than getting married? 

…I taste vomit in my mouth.

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amprog:

Who benefits the most from tax breaks? The 5 largest tax breaks of 2011 are shown in this infographic.
(Source: nytimes.com)

amprog:

Who benefits the most from tax breaks? The 5 largest tax breaks of 2011 are shown in this infographic.

(Source: nytimes.com)

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nortonsoc:

Student Debt in the United States. 

nortonsoc:

Student Debt in the United States. 

(Source: wwnorton.com)