The Pathways to Justice Project is a multiple method long term project examining poverty rates, exploring the life narratives, and documenting experiences with economic development and food insecurity services among LGBTQ people.
We rely on government survey data and in-person interviews to study economic insecurity among LGBTQ people to answer the following questions:
1) How do LGBTQ poverty rates and other measures of economic insecurity vary across states and between urban and rural areas within states?;
2) Do adequate services exist to serve LGBTQ adults living in poverty?;
3) What are the social, psychological, and contextual factors, or “root causes,” associated with high rates of LGBTQ poverty?; and
4) How do other social statuses (race, immigration status, etc.) complicate narratives of LGBT poverty.
Paired together, quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews for learning the stories of LGBTQ people living in poverty will better equip the community to advocate for policy change by distilling down complex survey data that is not easily accessible to the public. Combining these methods of understanding LGBTQ poverty also allows for us document experiences of poverty among subgroups who may not have higher rates of poverty (e.g., gay cisgender men), and yet are nonetheless represented among those experiencing economic insecurities. Also, it allows us to fill in the gaps that survey data cannot fill through answering questions about “how” and “why” disparities exist, and “what do we do now?”.