Workplace Protection Linked to Higher Earnings for Less-Educated Gay Men

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Workplace Protection Linked to Higher Earnings for Less-Educated Gay Men

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Among less-educated men, partnered gay men increase their earnings relative to men partnered with women in the 11 states that in 1999 protected workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Incomes of less-educated partnered gay men average $5,700 lower than those of their heterosexual counterparts in states with no antidiscrimination provisions. In states with the protection, partnered gay men have average incomes only $600 below those of heterosexual coupled men.

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