Lesbians earn more than heterosexual women while gay men lag in wages

Gay men earn around 20 per cent less than their heterosexual counterparts, while lesbians out-earn heterosexual women by at least 33 per cent, are the findings of a new report, by Professor Mark Wooden at the University of Melbourne and Associate Professor Joseph Sabia from San Diego State University.

"Employer discrimination is likely a major part of the explanation for these wage gaps, especially in the case of . But this research has found other factors that also contribute to this situation," Prof Wooden said.

The findings are set out in a working paper, "Sexual Identity, Earnings, and Labour Market Dynamics: New Evidence from Longitudinal Data in Australia," published today by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

The study also found that lesbians work about 20 per cent more hours than women.

"Lesbian women earn more than their heterosexual counterparts not because they are paid better, but because they work so much more," said Prof Wooden.

"One explanation for the increased and longer work hours of lesbians might be that this group are less likely to have children than heterosexual women," Prof Wooden said.

According to the HILDA Survey, in 2012 only 22 per cent of aged 30 to 49 had children compared to 59 per cent of .

The report found that lesbians who had a partner had a higher wage than those without partners. Of those surveyed, 53 per cent of have partners and 47 per cent of gay men.

Part of the reason for why the pay of gay men is lower than that of is that their earnings do not grow at the same rate.

"We found that the wages of gay men are growing at a much slower rate than the wages of heterosexual males," Prof Wooden said.

The study also reported even larger pay gaps for men who live with a partner.

"Gay males who are most likely to be observably gay by employers—those who live with a same-sex partner—face larger earnings penalties than those who are discreet about their sexuality."

The report also found that gay men are 16% less likely to be employed and are substantially more likely to have several periods of joblessness than heterosexual men.

The research is based on the 2012 data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, which included responses from more than 10,000 people.

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Mar 31, 2015
Sexual orientation has nothing to do with wages or anything else for that matter 99% of the time. What actually does is PERCEIVED sexual orientation.

No one knows what people do in their bedroom. People are judged, fairly or unfairly, on how they act. Lesbians are more likely to act like a normal woman, you don't see too many acting like John Wayne or Ellen Degeneris. A lot of gay men on the other hand like to act more like a woman than most women do. There are also straight people who act more like the other sex and they are discriminated against. And to add a totally sexist comment, is it a surprise men in women's bodies make more?

So yes, sexual orientation can be blamed for some of this but it's an indirect cause. The real cause of wage discrimination is how people act and look in public, not what they do in private.

Mar 31, 2015
This is known as the Scissor Effect

Mar 31, 2015
Lesbians earn more than heterosexual women
This indicates, that the manliness is really a factor of higher salary of men with compare to alleged women or homosexual discrimination.

Mar 31, 2015
This will drive 'liberals' even more insane.

Mar 31, 2015
Lesbians earn more than heterosexual women while gay men lag in wages

Don't frickin' care.

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