LGBTQ Americans are poorer than straight people, study finds

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The results of the study showed that lesbians and bisexual women were the worse off.

A new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has found that LGBTQ Americans are financially worse off than their straight counterparts.

Among its findings, the study found that LGBTQ people were much less likely to own a house than straight people, with black, Hispanic lesbians and bisexual women being the least likely to.

The study also found that lesbian and bisexual women were less likely to graduate from college, and would go on to earn less money. And although gay and bisexual men were more likely to graduate college than straight men, they were still found to earn less and reported being in financial difficulty.

Lesbian and bisexual women were also the most likely to be living on the poverty line, with higher numbers reporting that they had either received benefits or food stamps. They were also the most likely to report feeling like they had a lower social status.

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The report followed 14,000 Americans, both from the straight and LGBTQ communities, who were in 7th or 12th grade in 1994, all the way through to 2008/2009.

The authors said that “promoting the achievement of sexual minority girls and young women” could help combat the inequality that LGBTQ women were facing.

They also said that the statistic showing more gay and bisexual men graduating from college was “unexpected” as “men report higher rates of school harassment than their heterosexual peers.”

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