As a LGBTQ financial advisor, my clients tell me they often hear some baffling questions. Maybe someday I won’t be surprised by the lack of awareness regarding the complexity around life as someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. But today, I continue to be astonished. This is why I focus my time on LGBTQ financial planning.
Marriage equality helped to level the playing field for same-sex marriages. Even with this huge leap forward, there remains many legal inconsistencies from state to state for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ).
Though the Defense of Marriage Act, which did not recognize same-sex marriages, was struck down five years ago, many challenges remain for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. These challenges create unique factors that must be considered when financial planning.