In 2018 the Center for American Progress conducted research on the extent to which the LGBTQ community receives public benefits to determine whether disparities exist on the basis of LGBTQ identity and other demographic characteristics. They conducted one of the first nationally representative sample surveys of both LGBTQ-identified and non- LGBTQ identified adults on the topic of public benefits like Medicaid, SNAP, and housing assistance. Caitlin Rooney, a researcher for the Center for American Progress, will present the data and will be followed by a panel of local health and human service responding to the data and discussing how their organizations are attempting to serve LGBTQ-identified individuals. We will also discuss the extent to which area health and human service organizations are and should be collecting similar data.
Caitlin Rooney is a research assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress, where she researches and writes about LGBTQ poverty and the impact of discrimination in health care, housing, and public accommodations, among other issues. While in college, Rooney participated in the Prison Research Group and the Prison Debate Project, and helped to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington State through her work with Washington United for Marriage. She also interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and for Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (D), the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania legislature.
Registration open at 9:30 a.m., program begins at 10:00 a.m.
Thank you to our co-sponsors!
- ACLU of Ohio
- AIDS Funding Collaborative
- City of Cleveland Department of Public Health
- Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services
- Equality Ohio
- Food Bank of Greater Cleveland
- Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland
- LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
- May Dugan Multi Service Center
- Rose Center for Aging Well
- United Way of Greater Cleveland