Discrimination in more ways than one
Of the estimated 2.7 million adults age 50 and older in the U.S. who self-identify as LGBTQ+, about 20% are people of color. That number is expected to double by 2050, and it presents the members of this population with an additional discriminatory hurdle to overcome.
“We’ve got LGBTQ [status] and age, so we really have two oppressions against us. And when you put race and gender on top of that, it just gets harder. It gets to a point where you wake up and say, ‘Which fight am I going to fight today?’ (Whitfield, 2017)."
Read more on the particular challenges that come with aging as an LGBTQ+ racial minority.
Whitfield, C. (2017, July 7). Black, Gray and Gay: The Perils of Aging LGBTQ People of Color. NBCBLK/New America Media. Retrieved from http://newamericamedia.org/2017/07/black-gray-and-gay-the-perils-of-aging-lgbtq-people-of-color.php