Economic Justice

Economic Justice

LGBTQ economic justice is at the heart our programming. We intentionally connect our advocacy around homelessness, housing and democracy justice with our economic justice work. There are many ways to re-envision and change our economy to better all. Allyship works to change economic policies, build leadership and expand the power of LGBTQ workers at their workplace and in our larger economy.

Allyship’s Economic Equity Principles

Allyship’s economic equity principles resulted from a focus group of LGBTQ low-wage workers held in February 2016. These principles aid us in deciding which economic initiatives and policies to support as an organization. Our list of economic equity principles is a living document – we are always accepting feedback and input on them at

1. Access to living wage jobs.

2. Hireablility based on skill and experience not race/ethnicity, appearance, gender identity, criminal background, gender, age, sexuality, nationality, immigrant status, religion, ability, or class.

3. Eliminate the equity pay gap between men and women, People of Color and white people, queer and straight, cis and transgender/gender non-conforming and able-bodied and people living with disabilities.

4. Promote women, People of Color, queer, working class, younger adults, older adults, individuals who have alternative aesthetics, people living with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals to positions of managers and supervisors.

5. Access to affordable and comprehensive health care benefits that include reproductive justice options (alternative insemination) and trans inclusive health care. Access to an employee’s health care benefits should be expanded to chosen family and partner regardless of their marital status (even in states where Marriage Equality has passed)

6. Access to robust retirement benefits where the company invests in their workers, i.e. pensions, other savings options and affordable long-term health care.

7. Free from harassment based on appearance, gender identity, criminal background, gender, age, sexuality, nationality, immigrant status, HIV status, religion, ability, class or race/ethnicity, and if harassment is experienced harassers are held accountable. Survivors of harassment will not be re-victimized but supported by employer and management.

8. Accumulate Social Security benefits even if workers are out of the workforce taking care of family members, i.e. parents, partners, chosen family, friends, children.

9. If an employee works over 40 hours in a week, that employee is paid at an overtime rate. Employees will not be penalized for advocating for their rights at work.

10. Set advanced enough schedules for workers to plan their life outside of work.

11. Live free from fear of deportation at work.

12. Decriminalize sex work.

13. Employees have access to collective bargaining rights.

14. Employee regulations/standards and safety compliance should be posted in accessible areas at the workplace.

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