The LGBT community is often ignored, but even more ignored are the people of color within that community. Here are some facts that are overlooked;
- 70% of LGBT killed are minorities.
In 2010, The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released its annual report on hate violence motivated by sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and HIV status. The report documents 27 anti-LGBT murders in 2010, which is the second highest annual total recorded since 1996. A whopping 70 percent of these 27 victims were people of color; 44 percent of them were transgender women. But these statistics are never reported on.
- LGBT workers of color are at larger significant risk of poverty.
Minorities are often overlooked for jobs. Throw in being a part of the LGBT community and employment is near impossible. But also stereotypes about different races leaves a clear trail of who the majority of America favors and who it does not. So it has become clear that not only are LGBT people of color are over looked, but certain races that are LGBT are also being targeted.
- LGBT people of color are often disregarded and more often used as a token for the LGBT community
Here is an example from Ray(nise) Cange “I often see trans people of color crowdfunding their housing, despite working one or more jobs. Far too often these campaigns go underfunded. These are the same people who often have white people like and share their thoughts on race and trans-identity. White allies will tokenize people of color without actually showing support. This can be juxtaposed to white trans-people fundraising for gender affirming surgeries and being funded. … in a popular queer group a white trans- man posted his fundraiser for top surgery and raised roughly half his funds within a day… A trans woman of color posted her fundraiser for living expenses because she was fired from her job due to discrimination and she was asked to promptly remove the post because it violated “community policy”.” White people love to use people of color’s voices to boost the community, but don’t love to actually support them.
- LGBT youth of color are at high risk of becoming homeless.
An estimated 20-40% of homeless youth in the U.S. identify as LGBT or believe they may be LGBT. This ties in with LGBT people of color being overlooked for jobs or being in need in general.
When you constantly hold back a group of people, how do you expect them to succeed?
- 80 percent of black gay men say they have experienced racism in the gay community, according to a survey by gay men’s charity GMFA.
The survey found that 80% of Black men, 79% of Asian men, 75% of South Asian men, and 64% of mixed race men have personally experienced racism on the gay scene. Not only LGBT people being used in their communities, but they are being discriminated against.
LGBT people of color are being racially discriminated against unlike white LGBT. They are being used. They are being ignored. Because white people; LGBT or not, hold the privilege of always getting what they need, want and having a say in who matters.
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