A Basic guide to the LGBTQI Right’s Movement
Like any movement, awareness and education is key. How can we be active participants and allies without a clear understanding of what the mission is?
So what are members of LGBTQI communities seeking? Rights and opportunities equal to those in the heterosexual community. Regrettably, lack of legal protections, bigotry, and unfair laws limit or eliminate those rights. Members of the LGBTQI communities share the same desires as heterosexuals. They desire families, a safe and fair work environment, and the freedom to serve their communities and their country.
Recent research by the Williams Institute finds that approximately 3.5% of the adult U.S. population identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and 0.3% identifies as transgender. Applying these figures to the total number of adults in the U.S., this research suggests that there are nearly 9 million LGBT adults. The LGBT community is diverse and lives throughout the U.S.; same-sex couples can be found in every state in 93% of all U.S. counties.
Data from the Census show that one in five same-sex couples (21%) are interracial or inter-ethnic compared to 10% of married heterosexual couples. A recent survey of more than 6,400 transgender Americans found that 24% identified as people of color. LGBT people are neighbors, partners, parents, coworkers and service members. Today there are roughly 2 million children living with LGBT parents.
More than 1 million lesbians and gay men are veterans, and an estimated 71,000 currently serve in the U.S. military.Despite the fact that LGBT people have higher levels of education and are more likely to be employed than straight Americans, research finds that LGBT Americans, particularly LGBT families with children and and LGBT families of color, have higher rates of poverty. – An Ally’s Guide to Issues Facing LGBT Americans (HRC)