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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Seems like there's enough poor people without going out of our way to make more.

When you hear someone banging on about some group demanding "special rights", and hearing about how the solution is to legalize discrimination against that group, to bring the conversation to a quick end, ask them what the practical eccts of such a course will be.

Since they won't know, you can then share with them what happens when people can be discriminated against in housing, employment and pay- under current lack of law:

"Research shows that poverty is an LGBT issue. Studies by UCLA's Williams Institute looked at large datasets in the United States and found new patterns of poverty and food insecurity:

"For LGBT people living alone, 1 in 5 lives below the poverty level.

"More than a quarter of bisexual women age 18-44 are poor.
1 in 5 lesbians age 18 - 44 are in poverty.

"Female couples were more likely to be in poverty than opposite-sex couples.

"Children in same-sex couple households are almost twice as likely to be poor as in married different-sex couple households.

"African American children in gay male households have the highest poverty rate (52.3 percent) of any children in any household type, and the rate for children living with lesbian couples is 37.7 percent.

"1 in 4 LGBT adults have experienced times in the past year when they did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family.

"1 in 5 LGBT adults participated in the food stamps program in the past year.

"The National Transgender Discrimination Study concluded that
Transgender people were 4 times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000 per year compared to the general population.

"Transgender people of color had an unemployment rate four times the national average and almost one in five reported being homeless at least one time in their life."

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