Exodus periodically claims that gay people suffer little or no discrimination nowadays.
But a new study by economist Dr. Lee Badgett and her colleagues at UCLA indicates that job-related bias remains a problem. Their report, Bias in the Workplace: Consistent Evidence of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination, reviews findings from more than 50 studies that addressed employment discrimination among sexual and gender minorities.
Among the findings:
- In one survey, 18% of the respondents reported experiencing discrimination when applying for a job or keeping a job.
- In another study, 10% of the total sample reported having been fired from a job or denied a job or promotion since age 18 because of their sexual orientation. Broken down by sexual orientation groups, 16% of lesbians and gay men said they had experienced job discrimination, compared to 6% of bisexual women and 3% of bisexual men.
Dr. Gregory Herek summarizes numerous other studies of antigay discrimination.