In the US, the number of people who are unemployed due to sexual orientation or gender identity has reached a record high, as has the rate of suicides, according to a new study.
As of March 2017, there were an estimated 2.7 million Americans in this category, with 1.2 million of them having lost their jobs, according a new report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
This figure represents a 14% increase since 2013, when there were only 3.2% of people in this position.
According to the survey, nearly half of those who had lost their job due to discrimination or bullying are women, while one-third of those are men.
The report noted that there are no reliable statistics on the actual number of LGBT people who have lost their livelihoods due to workplace discrimination, but estimates suggest that it is in the “single digits.”
It is estimated that between 3,000 and 4,000 LGBT people in the United States are unemployed, while more than 3,500 are homeless.
The most common reasons cited for being unemployed include being laid off from a job, losing their home due to foreclosure, and being out of work due to a family crisis.
According to the report, there are a lot of reasons why LGBT people might be discouraged from seeking employment, including that “gay and lesbian” is viewed as a negative word in society and that many LGBT people “have not been taught about the importance of being a straight, married, white male.”
The report also noted that LGBT people are disproportionately underrepresented in high-stress jobs like nurses, sales, or food preparation.
This is the second year that the CEPPR conducted a survey on the economic consequences of discrimination against LGBT people, and found that nearly two-thirds of respondents said they would have a difficult time finding work if they were LGBT.
The majority of LGBT respondents also said they felt uncomfortable about being judged by coworkers, friends, or strangers for being “out.”
The study also noted several reasons why people might not want to seek employment in the future.
Among them, many LGBT respondents felt that they were still “out of the closet” in the workplace, with many believing that “they” could be judged by others.
In the meantime, they are often stuck with bills, mortgages, and other debt, and often have to leave their homes in order to survive.