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The Federal Budget and Gayand Transgender Families
Not All Families Are Equal Under the Law
Crosby Burns April 2012
Srenghening he economic securiy o American amilies remains a key policy prior-iy or decreasing povery, reducing inequaliy, and growing our economy hrough asusained and suppored middle class. No all amilies, however, are equal under he law.Unorunaely, many governmen-sponsored programs rea gay
and ransgenderamilies dierenly han heir sraigh and nonransgender counerpars. Due o narrow deniions o who consiues a “amily,” many o he more han2 million childrenliving wih gay and ransgender amilies do no have he same access o he economic sae-guards aorded o oher children in he Unied Saes oday.Moreover, his discriminaion in governmen programs exacerbaes he economicinsecuriies creaed by he high raes o discriminaion acing he gay and ransgenderpopulaion. Discriminaion inhealh care ,housing , and he workplaceleaves ar oo
many gay and ransgender amilies wihou healh insurance, aordable housing, and a job o make ends mee. Wih inequiable access o saey ne programs and wih persisen and pervasive dis-criminaion, i is no wonder ha gay and ransgender amilies have a lower householdincome , are more likely o nd hemselves in povery, and are more likely o be unin-sured han heir sraigh and nonransgender counerpars.No child should go hungry, uninsured, or homeless in he Unied Saes, regardlesso he sexual orienaion or gender ideniy o heir paren. Sill, gay and ransgenderamilies are among some o he mos economically vulnerable in he Unied Saes.Tese American amilies need more economic suppor rom social saey ne programsand governmen ax breaks, no less. Tis is why he annual budge-making process is socrucial o he healh, wellness, and economic livelihood o gay and ransgender amilies.