The image of gays and lesbians began to change, however, once Wall Street and Madison Avenue realized that there was a vast, untapped common among gay men than their straight counterparts of potential consumers. The LGBT community has made huge political strides over the past decade, but in economic matters they still lag far behind the rest of the country.
Prior work has shown that sexual minority women enter into and formalize their same-sex relationships at a higher rate than sexual minority men. Despite the similar pay gradethey experience less of a pay gap than their straight and gay male coworkers, as well as discrimination.
Southern Economic Journal. Things in rural Alabama look very different from Seattle, and as more LGBT people come out, they are disproportionately more likely to come out in Alabama than Seattle. Latest Issue Past Issues. Acceptance of LGBTQ people in all spheres of society — work, family, and community — has grown at a remarkable pace in the United States.
How big a problem is such discrimination?
The Sydney Morning Herald. We double- and triple-checked the dataset for other patterns that would indicate some fundamental error or data problem. Another is that although we find a very different result than prior work for relative earnings common among gay men than their straight counterparts gay men compared to straight men a premium versus a penaltyour companion analysis for women found a nearly identical result to decades of published work.
Justin Lehmiller is the director of the social psychology program at Ball State University, a faculty affiliate of The Kinsey Institute, and author of the blog Sex and Psychology. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.
Until recently it was thought that gay men made a median of
Though there are 29 states where employers are legally allowed to fire someone for their sexual orientation, the public is largely opposed to workplace discrimination. To hear it as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia would have it, gays are a privileged set, living it up in cities across the country.
But has this pattern changed in recent years? Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic. In a recent paper , a PhD student and I analyzed data from a major federal survey in the United States that had not previously been used in this literature — presumably because it only recently began to ask about sexual orientation — and found that the gay male earnings penalty had disappeared.
However, the take-home from all of this should not be that gays and lesbians are being paid more because of their sexual orientation.