For Hispanic Heritage Month, A Spotlight on Disproportionate Experience with Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • September 15, 2021 • 1:36 pm

Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans and celebrate the cultural heritage this country owes to them.

You probably noticed we just used the term Latinx. There’s been a lot of debate over this term, and whether its use is appropriate. At FFAA, we strive to use language that reflects an individual’s identity, and since the people we serve have diverse gender identities, we use the gender-neutral term Latinx. Ultimately, when we’re working with individuals, we strive to use the term that the individual prefers.

Hispanic Heritage Month is an especially important time for FFAA to reflect on our mission—ensuring all LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination, no matter where they live—since Hispanic and Latinx Americans disproportionately experience the effects of discrimination.

This experience is underscored by a new report from the Center for American Progress, which shows that 46 percent of Hispanic LGBTQ individuals reported experiencing discrimination, compared to 31 percent of White LGBTQ people.

Discrimination is most often reported by people attempting to access services—like finding a doctor, eating at a restaurant, or staying at a hotel. In fact, 20 percent of Hispanic LGBTQ respondents to the CAP survey reported avoiding seeking necessary services for themselves or their family because they feared being discriminated against. A few other statistics that highlight this disparity:

• 54 percent of Hispanic LGBTQ people say it would be difficult to find an alternative doctor’s office if they were turned away.

• 33 percent say finding another hotel would be difficult if they were turned away.

• 32 percent say the same of finding an alternative restaurant.

These are exactly the kinds of services not covered by current Supreme Court precedent prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination, but that would be covered by the Equality Act, which is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

That’s why as we kick of Hispanic Heritage Month, FFAA is asking all our members to make the call: Call your Senators and urge them to vote on the Equality Act ASAP!

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