Black LGBTQ community survey
The 2020 Black LGBTQ Community Study was conducted by Community Marketing Insights between September 21 and October 30, 2020. The AARP, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Freddy Mac, Wilson Media, and the Center for Black Equity sponsored this research. A total of 1,815 LGBTQ black adults in the United States responded to a 15-minute online survey.
- While black LGBTQ participants pride themselves on being an LGBTQ person, many may not be fully themselves at work, school, or in their neighborhood. Transgender and non-binary participants report the least acceptance in the workplace, at school and in their neighborhood.
- There is a need for all LGBTQ organizations to be more representative and inclusive of the black LGBTQ community, and to strive to address community-specific concerns.
- More study participants describe their relationship status as being single than living with a partner or married. This has important implications because relationship status influences many aspects of daily life. Almost half (49%) of baby boomers lived alone.
- Black members of the LGBTQ community face many forms of discrimination (racial, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and age discrimination). 76% of black LGBTQ participants reported at least one form of discrimination experienced in the past three years.
- Black transgender and non-binary participants report the highest levels of racial, gender, and gender identity discrimination for all related survey questions.
- COVID-19 was a health concern for everyone, but especially for participants over the age of 55. The most common negative impacts of COVID-19 for participants were social isolation (60%) and mental health (44%).