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LGBTQ+ And Voting Rights

You know all the things that make voting hard? Well if you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, you probably know it firsthand.  Higher rates of incarceration, youth homelessness, difficulty getting proper ID, systemic racism — all these things hit home. That’s why we need to speak out.

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LET’S BREAK IT DOWN

If you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, or someone you love is, then you know a thing or two about facing hardships and hatred. But do you likely know a thing or two about how that shows up at the voting booth?

  • Voter ID laws, alongside restrictive ID requirements for updating legal name and gender marker, create barriers for transgender and non-binary voters.
  • 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ+, impacting their ability to register to vote without a home address.
  • LGBTQ+ people are three times as likely to be incarcerated as the general population (if you have been convicted of a felony, you may be barred from voting in your state).
  • If you’re among the 30.8% of Black LGBTQ+ people living in poverty, taking the time off work or getting ID can be a huge hurdle.

Make some noise for change to break down these barriers. Contact your reps today!

To learn more about LGBTQ+ voting rights, check out a few great resources: 

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