SXSW Interactive 2015
LGBT Workers: Young, Diverse & In the Closet
Five years after the end of the Great Recession, Millennials still face high barriers to achieving economic opportunity. For LGBT Millennials, these barriers add to the discrimination they already face based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Now only 5% of LGBT young people are out in the workplace - compared to 32% of those ages 35 to 44.
As we learn more about just how diverse the LGBT community is and the average "coming out" age continues to fall, we have a responsibility to make sure all workers receive a fair shot in the economy regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
This will be a conversation on how we can build an inclusive and secure environment for all LGBT workers by working with all levels of government as well as business and education leaders to highlight and address the challenges LGBT Millennials continue to face in entering and succeeding in any work environment.
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- What makes the LGBT Millennial population (those ages 18 to 34) demographically different than previous LGBT generations? Why is it more likely that an LGBT Millennial is also a person of color, low income, and a woman?
- Why do LGBT Millennials have higher rates of poverty, homelessness, and a greater likelihood of working a minimum wage job?
- How do barriers in education, including higher levels of criminalization, affect the long term economic outcomes of LGBT Millennials?
- What are the loopholes in local, state, and federal safety net programs (such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Family Medical Leave Act) that exclude large percentages of LGBT Millennials due to their age, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, or relationship status?
- What steps can we take at all levels (policy, business, education and societal) to make sure LGBT Millennials have equal access and security in an economy that works for everyone?
Zenen Jaimes Pérez, Policy Advocate, Generation Progress, Center for American Progress