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January 2014


People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer (LGBTQ), are more likely to be poor than heterosexualpeople. While they face the same general risk factors for poverty as others, LGBTQ people may experienceadditional discrimination in hiring, employment, and compensation, as well as face rejection from friends and family members who potentially could provide financial support in times of need. For LGBTQ people who live outside of large cities, the risk for poverty is even greater7. Thus, it is important that low-income service providers in rural communities provide culturally competent services to sexual minorities and their families.The purpose of this brief is to describe the experiences of LGBTQ people with financial difficulties living inrural America and to provide recommendations for best practices. Our goal is to provide resources to help you strengthen your current efforts to welcome and serve sexual minority clients.