In the six months since TBI’s first report, increased focus on the plight of M/WBEs in New York has created a unique opportunity for reform. The purpose of this report is to summarize the results of the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Town Hall meetings, describe and provide context for the shared challenges identified by forum attendees, and provide policy recommendations to address these challenges. Read the report.
"We’re going to put a face and a voice to this, because we’re not coming by
ourselves. When you go to upset the balance of power, and there’s fifty of us
standing behind you, one hundred of us standing behind you, that’s a whole
different dynamic. We’re serious, and we’re not alone.” - Bertha Lewis
The Williams Institute recently conducted a study entitled, Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community, which offered some insight as to why Black Lesbians have been the hardest hit by the economic crisis in the United States. In the general culture there is a perception of gay affluence, but that is nothing more than a stereotype. That stereotype might lead some to be shocked that Black lesbians would be at the bottom of the economic barrel, but it really should not be all that surprising. No other racial demographic was as negatively affected by the recession as Black Americans, and no group within the Black community was hit as hard as Black women. Even though women make up roughly half of the country’s population, they are still considered a “minority” group, so it makes sense that the minority (women) within the minority (Black people) would be hit hard. Black lesbians take that theory one step further... the minority (lesbians) within a minority (women) within a minority (Black people). The discrimination Black lesbians struggle with is thrice compounded.