LGBTQ Poverty Initiative

Resourcing the movements to abolish poverty and systemic oppression.

Past and present political regimes in the U.S. have intentionally destroyed social safety net programs, leaving poor people and their advocates under-resourced and under threat. The LGBTQ Poverty Initiative seeks to increase awareness and discussion of poverty in LGBTQ communities by engaging mainstream anti-poverty organizations, policy makers, funders and LGBTQ advocates and community centers in a process of collective information sharing. On this site, we will share organizing strategies via webinars and blog posts, highlight events to connect on an interpersonal level and upload new research aimed at building LGBTQ representation in anti-poverty movements. Explore the site, join the list serv, follow us on Twitter and tell us what you think.


the LGBTQ Poverty Report

Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action

Released in March of 2018, this report is the result of several national LGBTQ organizations convening eight focus groups across the country with community members and advocates who are deeply invested in sharing narratives of lived experience, data and sample policies to address LGBTQ poverty.


"Intersecting Injustice documents the extent to which the portrayal of LGBTQ people in popular culture and in the public imagination—and even the understanding of LGBTQ people within civil and human rights movements—is distorted and incomplete. This report offers a fuller understanding of the complexities of U.S. culture by centering the voices of people who live in poverty and those who work directly with them. Importantly, this report provides alternatives to despair by highlighting promising practices and specific policy proposals around which communities can organize."

Vanita Gupta
President and CEO of the Leadership Conference
Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division


Organizing & Policy

Understanding the range of experiences of LGBTQ communities living in poverty will help create inclusive policy solutions on a local and federal level. The Organizing & Policy section is broken down into U.S. regions, highlighting how history and culture influence the demographic composition of each region. Please explore the data and tell us if you have an innovative policy or unique research that should be shared here!


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