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Minority Lesbian Fact Sheet Released
2005-04-01

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Black and Hispanic/Latino female same-sex households are as likely to raise foster or adopted children as opposite-sex Black and Hispanic/Latino households; however, the lesbian households earn considerably less. These are two of the conclusions published in 'Lesbians Are Women Too,' a set of fact sheets observing Women's History Month released by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force ( NGLTF ) Policy Institute.

Data is taken from three reports published by the NGLTF Policy Institute during the last year: Black Same-Sex Households in the United States: A Report from the 2000 Census; Hispanic and Latino Same-Sex Households in Florida: A Report from the 2000 Census; and Asian Pacific American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: A Community Portrait. Lopez and Cheung, Inc., provided additional data.

Several key findings from the fact sheets are:

Black female same-sex households are raising children at rates comparable with Black married opposite-sex households ( 61 percent vs. 69 percent ) .

Black women with same-sex partners serve in the military at 11 times the rate of women in general ( 11 percent vs. 1 percent ) .

Hispanic/Latina female same-sex households are raising foster or adopted children at rates almost equal to Hispanic/Latino opposite-sex married households ( 3 percent vs. 4 percent ) .

Hispanic/Latina female same-sex households earn an annual median income that is 11 percent less than Hispanic/Latina married opposite-sex households ( $40,000 vs. $44,420 ) .

Asian Pacific American lesbian, bisexual and transgender women rank hate violence/harassment ( 52 percent ) , immigration ( 38 percent ) , and marriage/domestic partnership ( 30 percent ) as the most important issues facing the Asian Pacific American LGBT community.


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