For Black men in the Austin area, discrimination in the workplace and at the hands of the police remains an unjust fact of life. The same is often true for gay men. If you are both gay and a Black man, you might be among the people most likely to experience frequent incidents of discrimination in the U.S., according to a 2020 survey.
According to the survey, which was conducted by the Center for American Progress, one in three Black LGBTQ individuals reported having been the victim of discrimination at least once in the previous year. This shows how discrimination by police, employers, store employees and others can affect your life even more often if you are a member of two marginalized groups instead of one.
For example, 78 percent of Black LGBTQ people surveyed that discrimination had affected their ability to find a job. This was also a common problem for White LGTBQ people, but only 55 percent reported it affecting their ability to find work. Meanwhile, 56 percent of Black LGBTQ individuals and 46 percent of White LGTBQ individuals said they had been discriminated against in keeping their jobs (i.e., they had lost jobs due to the discrimination).
The disparity in encountering discrimination also occurred with police interactions. One out of four Black LGBTQ people said law enforcement had treated them with prejudice, compared with just 13 percent of White members of the LGBTQ community. Forty percent of Black LGBTQ individuals said they avoided police for fear of discriminatory treatment; 28 percent of White LGBTQ people said the same thing.
Being a gay Black man in America often means discrimination affects your life. This is unacceptable — and, in many cases, against the law. If your civil rights have been violated, you could be entitled to extensive compensation. Talk about what happened with a civil rights attorney to learn more about your rights.