I’m not feeling particularly rich these days. Every time the Dow Jones average plunges and new unemployment figures are released, my stomach churns. I go into terror mode as I contemplate my economic future. I suspect I’m not alone. Worry over the crashing economy has got to be darn near universal.
Along with other LGBT Americans, though, I’m particularly vulnerable to economic downturns. Our problems don’t come from stupidity, lack of education, or picking the wrong careers. Our problems come from state and federal laws that stack the deck against anyone who isn’t heterosexual.
The range of economic liabilities facing LGBT folks is breathtaking.
Because I’m a lesbian, it’s easier to keep me from getting a job or to boot me out of one, even if I’m the best worker a company ever hired.