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The Economic Case for LGBT Equality

  July 19, 2022  |    #Live Fabulously

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Why now is the right time to make the economic case for  LGBT Equality 

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There’s a moral case for LGBT equality. And there’s a human rights case for LGBT equality. But did you know that there’s an economic case for it too?  And the economic case may be the strongest argument we have in today’s environment.

MV Lee Badgett is a Distinguished Scholar with the Williams Institute and Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. She is also the author of the powerful book, The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All.

On this episode of Queer Money®, Lee joins us to explore the relationship between inclusion and economic development, explaining how minority stress affects LGBT workers, businesses and the economy overall. Lee discusses the potential flight out of states passing anti-LGBT and anti-trans legislation, describing how that migration might impact those states and the companies there.

Listen in for Lee’s insight on what corporations can do to dispel feelings of pink washing and learn what role you can play in making the economic case for LGBT equality.

Lee gives insight on what you can do about LGBT Equality:

Topics covered on LGBT Equality 

  • Why now is the right time to make the economic case for LGBT equality
  • How minority stress affects minority workers, businesses and the economy overall
  • Whether businesses are doing enough to create safe and inclusive work environments
  • Why companies with openly LGBT senior managers outperform other firms
  • How to harness the positive side of workplace diversity
  • The resilience the queer community demonstrates in challenging times
  • The potential flight out of states passing anti-LGBT and anti-trans legislation (and how it might impact those states and the businesses there)
  • How Lee’s GILRHO Index demonstrates the relationship between inclusion and economic development
  • The response to Lee’s finding that India lost $1B in GDP growth due to homophobia
  • How companies can get involved in Lee’s plan to improve LGBT equality 
  • What corporations can do to dispel feelings of pink washing
  • How Lee thinks about the anti-capitalist strain of the LGBT community
“We all want to see the economy do well because we all depend on it one way or another. And in the end, in my view, it's about using everybody's capacity to its fullest.” - MV Lee BadgettClick To Tweet

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We’re David and John Auten-Schneider, the Debt Free Guys and hosts of the Queer Money® podcast. We help queer people (and allies) live fabulously not fabulously broke by helping them 1) pay off credit card debt, 2) become part- or full-time entrepreneurs, and 3) save and invest for retirement.

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