The report, LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance, calls for the broadening of the definition of “family” under the Family Medical Leave Act so that LGBT families are included.
It also suggests new anti-bullying legislation to protect children whose ability to learn is suffering from constant in-school harassment. The report indicates children in GLBT families of color face higher levels of discrimination and stigma.
The goal of the report is to highlight legal disparities some of which are unique to LGBT families of color. Forty-one percent of gay parents are people of color, whereas only thirty-four percent of married straight couples with children are people of color.
Thirty-two percent of children in black LGBT couples live below the poverty line, whereas thirteen percent of children being raised by black, married heterosexual couples live below the poverty line.