The Equality Act may help members of the LGBT community when they face discrimination on the job, but it doesn’t address the discrimination that keeps us in low-paying jobs and continually falling into poverty.
A value statement does not dismantle generations of injustice deeply entrenched in our ways of doing and governing, but publicly acknowledging that racism—through structural disadvantages and the “weathering” of daily experiences—is a public health crisis gives us a place to start. In Connecticut, Health Equity Solutions has supported local elected officials and activists in dozens of cities and towns working to pass public health resolutions and then take concrete action.
A new report provides details on poverty within the LGBTQ community, outlines how it uses public benefit programs for basic needs support, and also offers recommendations for federal agencies to expand access to public benefits, as well as increase data about LGBTQ recipients of public benefit programs.
"I am a mom of three, my oldest has autism and a variety of disabilities that require round-the-clock care and interventions. I am also caregiving for my aging mom. I live in a household categorized as multi-generational."
The Biden-Harris Administration's combined efforts to strengthen Medicaid and provide an open enrollment period for Marketplace coverage will ensure that more people have affordable health insurance amidst a pandemic.