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Food hardship was unrelated to sexual orientation, but . . . .

In a telephone survey, King County adults were asked how often in the past 12 months (never, sometimes, or often) their food didn’t last and they didn’t have money to buy more. Answers of “sometimes” or “often” are indicators of food hardship. Because food hardship increased dramatically in just 3 years, line charts are used to show patterns of change across groups. 

Food hardship was unrelated to sexual orientation in 2010 and 2013.

  • The absence of significant differences in the 2013 data should be interpreted with caution, as recent research based on national data reported elevated rates of food insecurity among LGBT respondents. With larger numbers of LGBT respondents, the 2013 differences in King County might have reached statistical significance.
  • From 2010 to 2013, food hardship increased significantly for heterosexuals, reflecting the general population increase in food hardship.