This has long been true, but it goes against the stereotype of the well to do gay man so people don’t see the problem. The main difference is kids. A gay man can often make less money and seem wealthier because most of the time that gay man has no dependents. I’ve also seen the argument from coworkers in the past that they deserve raises more than others because they have a family to support. If kids aren’t the factor, it would seem logical to me that it is the “ick” factor held by many straight men about homosexual men in general, even if it is an unintential perceptive bias.
The opposite still seems true for women in that employers often seem to expect a man to make up for what they are not paying their female workers. I will not posit an opinion on why lesbians make more money, because I don’t have any theories.
Because, stereotypically, homosexual women are hold themselves in a stronger matter than heterosexual women. The opposite also hold true (again, stereotypically) for homexual men versus heterosexual men.
The theory about the children certainly seems to make sense, as well.
Hmm… I wasn’t aware that, historically speaking, homosexual men had lower personal incomes than their heterosexual counterparts.
Personally, I disagree with the argument that someone deserves to make more money because they have children. They may need to earn more to achieve a similar level of comfort as a co-worker that does not have a dependent but I see no reason why anyone should sacrifice a better lifestyle for themselves because someone else decided (or accidentally) had a child.
I can’t speak to the ick factor.
Anecdotally speaking, I can understand the argument that lesbians appear more driven than heterosexual women, but I think a stronger argument would be that lesbians are less likely to have dependents and would therefore be more available to take advantage of higher paying but longer hour positions. I’d probably also be safe in arguing that employers place greater value on females without children in general because of their need to promote more women while also ensuring high productivity through longer-hour-but-salaried employees.
I’m not sure how homosexual males sterotypically behave in a typical workplace environment as opposed to sterotypically heterosexual behaving males. If they don’t hold themselves in “as strong a matter” as heterosexuals then that’s unfortunate considering the study’s finding of their higher education levels.
While waiting for Matt Cavenaugh outside West Side Story
My Mom (in a "whisper" yell audible two blocks away):
OMG! Will don't look now but you're standing next to Marc Jacobs
Me (slowly turning to make eye contact with my future husband who will fall madly in love with me upon sight):
Hi.... (realizing my mom's horrible mistake - I was eye to eye with Michael Kors who did not look pleased - and turning back to my mom and actually whispering) MOM! That's Michael Kors NOT Marc Jacobs
My Mom (now just actually yelling):
Oh that's right! Project Runway! LOVE it!