(Look at Charts below) The income disparity amongst black LGBT families affects the lives of their dependents, contributing to poverty rates.Children growing up in low-income households are more likely to remain in the poverty cycle.In 1983, after a battle over LGB participation in the 20th anniversary March on Washington, a group of African American leaders endorsed a national gay rights bill and put Audre Lorde from the National Coalition of Black Gays as speaker on the agenda. Jesse Jackson included LGB people as part of his Rainbow/PUSH. The current federal law, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, prohibits employment discrimination.
Surveys and research have shown that 80% of African Americans say gays and lesbians endure discrimination compared to the 61% of whites.
Black members of the community are not only seen as "other" due to their race, but also due to their sexuality, making them targets for discrimination from whites and their own community.
A Gallup survey shows that acceptance rates went from 38% in 1992 to 52% today.
However, when looking at the LGBT community from a racial lens, the black community lacks many of these advantages.
For males, statistics shows approximately a $3,000 increase from the average income for all black LGBT identified individuals, and a $6,000 increase in salary for same-sex male couples.
Female same sex couples receive ,000 less than the average income for all black LGBT individual and approximately ,000 less than their male counterparts.
During the Harlem Renaissance, a subculture of LGBTQ African-American artists and entertainers emerged, including people like Alain Locke, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Claude Mc Kay, Wallace Thurman, Richard Bruce Nugent, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Moms Mabley, Mabel Hampton, Alberta Hunter, and Gladys Bentley.
Places like Savoy Ballroom and the Rockland Palace hosted drag-ball extravaganzas with prizes awarded for the best costumes.
The Stonewall riots brought domestic and global attention to the lesbian and gay community. Evans vastly impacted the trajectory of the LGBT community.