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Research highlights ‘shockingly disproportionate harms’ affecting LGBTQ people of color due to combination of racism, anti-LGBTQ discrimination

The research was released Wednesday by a coalition of four LGBTQ rights organizations: the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the National Black Justice Coalition, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and Freedom for all Americans, a bipartisan campaign that works to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide.

According to the research brief’s findings, LGBTQ people are more likely than non-LGBTQ people to be people of color, and Black LGBTQ individuals in the U.S. are disproportionately likely to live in states without protections against discrimination. “For example, 42% of LGBT people are people of color compared to 32% of non-LGBT people and the majority of Black LGBT Americans live in the South (51.4%, more than twice the share of any other region), where most states lack anti-discrimination protections,” researchers wrote.


The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.