STUDY: Are Gays More Likely to Be Poor?

By: Brandon Voss
6.6.2013

Who says that all gays are rolling in disposable dough?

new study from The Williams Institute claims that LGBT Americans are actually more likely to be poor than straights, especially among African-Americans and women.

Using data from four different surveys, New Patterns of Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community basically concludes that queer folk are "more vulnerable to being poor" and that "same-sex couples are more vulnerable to poverty in general than are same-sex couples."

Here are just a few findings related to gay men:

• 10.2% of men in same-sex couples who live in small metropolitan areas are poor, compared with only 3.3% of coupled gay men in large metropolitan areas.

• Almost one in four children living with a male same-sex couple are in poverty, compared to 12.1% of children living with married different-sex couples.

• 7.7% of gay male couples receive food stamps, compared to 6.5% of different-sex married couples. 

“I think people are surprised there are any poor gay people,” lead study author M.V. Lee Badgett tells CNBC, noting that we don't see poor gay people on television or in movies. “This ‘myth of gay affluence’ has been around for a long time. It gets in the way of people even imagining that LGBT people can be poor.”

Are you surprised, or are you broke as a joke?

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