Reports & Research

Selling us short: How Social Security privatization will affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans

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August 08, 2005

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.