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Selling us short: How Social Security privatization will affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans
In a society rife with anti-LGBT discrimination, Social Security is a crucial and stable form of support. Here’s why:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers often:
- Do not have full legal recognition and support for their families;
- Can still be legally fired because of whom they love;
- Earn less, on average, than their heterosexual counterparts.
LGBT elders are more likely to:
- Find federal programs inaccessible, ineffective or irrelevant because of homophobia and transphobia;
- Receive substandard care, be denied care, or be disparaged by their physicians and social workers because of their sexual orientation;
- Risk automatic disclosure of their birth gender under the Real ID Act, which threatens transgender elders with discriminatory or inappropriate treatment.
Privatization would be disproportionately devastating to LGBT Americans.
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