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Prosperity Watch: Looking at LGBTQ equality in NC

June is Pride month and the N.C. Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center is looking at LGBTQ in North Carolina – and just how far off it seems to be.

This week’s Prosperity Watch highlights the Movement Advancement Project’s startlingly low score for LGBTQ equality in the state.

From the Prosperity Watch piece:

North Carolinians are vulnerable to being fired or denied a job just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. There are no state laws protecting the LGBTQ community from housing, public accommodation, or credit and lending discrimination either.

The cumulative effect of this legal discrimination is pretty severe, especially since it’s layered with racial and gender discrimination. A recent Williams Institute report found that LGBT adults are more likely than non-LGBT adults to live under or close to the poverty line. Poverty rates are particularly high for lesbian and bisexual women (both single and in same-sex couples), LGBT people of color, and transgender adults. LGBT people, women, and people of color make up a disproportionate number of the minimum wage workforce, earning $7.25 an hour in a state where you need at least twice that much to afford housing. And the 25 percent of LGBT adults who are raising families also suffer from the lack of a state paid family leave law, so they can’t take time off to care for a sick child or spouse, or to bond with a new child.

 

Read the full state’s full MAP equality profile here.

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