LGBTQIA+ Equal Pay Awareness Day: 3 Ways You Can Elevate Equality

Emily McKay Johnson, Associate Program Manager, Campaign Engagement

On June 13, we are partnering with coalition members across the country to highlight the lack of wage gap data for LGBTQIA+ communities. This LGBTQIA+ Equal Pay Awareness Day, we unite to challenge a system that devalues our work, discriminates against our identities, and denies us economic security. Together, we strive for a future where all contributions are valued equally.

Championing Equality Through an Intersectional Lens

Our fight for equal pay acknowledges that the wage gap is even more pronounced for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, LGBTQIA+ people of color, LGBTQIA+ women, immigrants, and other marginalized identities. We advocate for inclusive solutions that amplify all voices within our diverse community.

Understanding the Wage Gap

Despite limited national data, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation found that LGBTQIA+ workers earn about 90 cents for every dollar earned by the typical U.S. worker, with LGBTQIA+ women earning only 87 cents. In a year marked by anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation, we raise our voices against wage inequality and related issues like employment and housing discrimination. We push for comprehensive data collection to celebrate our victories and identify new challenges. Wage equality is a future we can create, so what are you waiting for?

3 Ways to Take Action for LGBTQIA+ Equal Pay Awareness Day

  1. Join the Social Media Storm: Participate on June 13 at 11am PT/2pm ET using our social media toolkit. You can easily post to your preferred social media pages with the click of a button!
  2. Advocate for Legislative Change: Contact lawmakers about the Equality Act and LGBTQIA Data Inclusion Act to establish and support non-discrimination protections and data collection. Click here to get started!
  3. Support the Equal Pay Today Campaign: Donate to support our advocacy for pay equity for LGBTQIA+ individuals and women of color.

Learn More About LGBTQIA+ Equal Pay Awareness Day by clicking here.

Let’s unite to challenge a system that devalues LGBTQIA+ labor and denies us economic security.

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