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Programs That Support Basic Living Standards for LGBTQ Women Should Be Strengthened – Not Cut
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Programs That Support Basic Living Standards for LGBTQ Women Should Be Strengthened – Not Cut

Caitlin Rooney and Sarah Hassmer discuss the need to boost assistance programs that support LGBTQ women's well-being in order to address disproportionate economic insecurity among those groups.

Authors

  • Caitlin Rooney
  • Sarah Hassmer

The higher risk of economic insecurity lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) women face makes health, nutrition, and housing assistance programs critical for helping LGBTQ women and their families meet their basic needs. According to a nationally representative survey conducted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) in 2017, many LGBTQ women and their families participate in Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), and public housing assistance. Despite their vital role in increasing economic security, these programs have been under attack. In 2019, state and federal governments should shift to proactive policies that support LGBTQ women’s economic security.

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Authors

Caitlin Rooney

Research Associate

Sarah Hassmer