The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with support from the True Colors Fund, will be holding a series of summits across the country focusing on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people living in rural communities, as part of the RuralPride Campaign. The first event was held on June 6, 2014, in Greensboro, North Carolina. On July 11, 2014, there will be a second summit in Lost River, West Virginia. To view the calendar as more dates are added, go here.
The focus on the rural LGBT population is born out by statistics from NCLR. “[a]lmost 10% of all same-sex couples in the country live in rural America and these couples are actually more likely to be families of color and raising children. They are also twice as likely to live in poverty and are significantly more likely to receive public assistance. The transgender community is especially vulnerable. Transgender people, especially transgender people of color, experience disturbingly high rates of poverty across the country. They are four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed as non-transgender people. LGBT youth are also at a heightened disadvantage, and report higher rates of violence and harassment at school. The LGBT community in rural America has a number of particular needs and vulnerabilities that USDA is excited to target and address. Links to the research from which these statistics are derived are available here.
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