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Issue Brief

Food Insecurity and Sexual Orientation

Title
Food Insecurity and Sexual Orientation
Location(s)
Columbia, Maryland
Date
December 9, 2020
Author(s)
Jennifer Pooler, MPP Paula Mian, MPP Mithuna Srinivasan, PhD Zachary Miller, MPA, CLSSGB Surakshya Karki, MPH
Market
IMPAQ Health

Food insecurity among individuals identifying as a sexual minority is an emerging area of research. Studies have generally estimated higher rates of food insecurity among sexual minorities relative to heterosexuals. In this issue brief, IMPAQ researchers use nationally-representative data to compare past-month food insecurity between individuals who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or something else (LGB) and non-LGB adults, and also examine the characteristics associated with a heightened risk of food insecurity among the LGB population. By better understanding those most at-risk for food insecurity, stakeholders from various sectors – health and non-health – can join forces toward implementing effective programs and strategies to better serve this population.