The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) urged the United States House of Representatives to adopt the Biden-Harris administration’s Build Back Better framework, the most transformative investment in America’s middle class in generations and the largest expansion of affordable health care in a decade. Rebuilding Better, if passed, would be critical for LGBTQ + people and their families, as LGBTQ + people in America are more likely to live in poverty (21.6%) than their non-LGBTQ + peers (15.7%).
“Human Rights Campaign Congratulates President Biden on Bold Vision of Build Back Better Framework and Urges the US House of Representatives to Pass it” said JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President of the Campaign for Human Rights, Politics and Political Affairs. “Families in the United States face challenges every day. Whether it’s struggling to get enough food on the table or being able to access paid family leave, investments in Build Back Better legislation will help struggling families recover from the pandemic and recession and will help create an economy that works for everyone. With 1 in 5 LGBTQ + Americans living in poverty, these programs will be a game-changer by addressing the LGBTQ + community’s low level of education, higher unemployment and lack of health insurance coverage.
Concretely, the framework:
Makes a transformative investment in children and care:
- The average annual cost of preschool is $ 8,600. For LGBTQ + families with children, who are more likely to live in poverty than non-LGBTQ + families, these costs can be prohibitive.
The Build Back Better framework ensures that the vast majority of active LGBTQ + families of four earning less than $ 300,000 will pay no more than 7% of their income for child care under the age of 6.
Includes the largest affordable healthcare expansion in a decade:
- LGBTQ + people have long faced challenges in accessing high-quality, respectful health insurance coverage and healthcare. And too many LGBTQ + people have fallen into the “blanket void” because their state has refused to expand Medicaid.
Generational efforts to reduce costs and strengthen the middle class:
Support workers and their families
Less than half of employer-paid leave policies cover parents of all genders equally or include the many ways families welcome a child – including through childbirth, adoption or foster care reception.
- Even for LGBTQ + workers whose employers have formal paid vacation policies, 1 in 5 respondents in a national survey said they feared asking for time off for fear it would reveal their LGBTQ + identity.
Investing in Affordable Housing
Promote nutritional security
- LGBTQ + households experience almost twice as much food insecurity as non-LGBTQ + households and data shows 13% of LGBTQ + adults live in a household where there was often not enough to eat in the past seven days
The Build Back Better framework extends access to free school meals during the school year and provides resources for students to purchase food during the summer, ensuring that the nutritional needs of children raised in LGBTQ + families are met.
Reduce taxes for families with children
Over 36% of LGBTQ + people lived in a household that had difficulty paying usual household expenses, compared to 26% of non-LGBTQ + people.
- LGBTQ + people are more likely to live in poverty due to the effects of discrimination, prejudice and denial of economic opportunities, and children of LGBTQ + parents are particularly vulnerable to poverty.
Invest in higher education and workforce training
- Education beyond high school is vital in the 21st century economy, but it has become unaffordable for many, especially LGBTQ + youth who may lack support and financial help from their families.
The Build Back Better framework would increase the maximum Pell Grant while investing in training programs that will prepare millions of Americans for high-quality jobs in growing industries, especially LGBTQ + workers who may face prejudice or discrimination when looking for a job.
Support interventions against community violence
The toll of community violence weighs heavily on people of color and has a unique impact on LGBTQ + communities, particularly transgender women of color who continue to face epidemic levels of violence.
- LGBTQ + people are 6 times more likely than non-LGBTQ + people to be victims of violence from someone they know well and about 2.5 times more likely to be victims of a violent crime in the country. part of a stranger.