The overturning of Roe v. Wade is a decision that, unfortunately, will negatively impact the lives of many families with the enforcement of strict state abortion bans. It will also disporportionately effect both the black and queer communities. The reversal of the ruling has the potential, more than any other recent decision handed down by the courts, to fuel ongoing attacks on LGBTQ rights at the state level. Earlier this month, RSR Agency Marketing Manager, Gabrielle Edgerson, had the opportunity to shed some light on this topic at the 9th annual, ‘Lesbians Who Tech’ summit in San Fransico, CA.
“Lesbians who have become pregnant are 22.8% more likely to have had an abortion. Bisexual women are 27.2% more likely and heterosexual women are 15.4% more likely, according to HRC’s analysis of the 2017-2019 National Survey for Family Growth. Contributing factors like just 43% of black workers have access to paid parental leave may be a reason. People of color also earn significantly less than their white counterparts. And the lack of access to paid leave further only increases the inequalities we see in the workplace among the black queer community.”, Edgerson shared.
For more insights, watch the full ‘Lesbians Who Tech’, session here.