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Study of Black Same-Sex Households in San Francisco Reveals High Parenting Rates and Significant Income Disparities

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February 15, 2005

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Report Released in Conjunction with Black History Month

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Black Same-Sex Households in the United States: A Report from the 2000 Census and a new San Francisco fact sheet is available at http://www.thetaskforce.org/reports_and_research.

"This groundbreaking report demonstrates that gays and lesbians are woven into African/ American communities wherever we are. Gay African/Americans don't live in just Atlanta and Chicago; we live everywhere in America where you find African/Americans."
H. Alexander Robinson, Strategic Director of the National Black Justice Coalition

"This study demonstrates the strength and struggle of Black same-sex families in San Francisco. As we celebrate Black History Month, we must carry on the legacies of African-American gay leaders, Bayard Rustin, Audre Lourde and James Baldwin. We must fight as they did to break down the matrix of discrimination based on race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity."
Matt Foreman, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director

Washington D.C. February 2005 — Based on an in-depth analysis of 2000 Census data, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute said today that Black lesbian households in San Francisco are almost as likely as Black married opposite-sex couple households to include children and four times as likely to report serving in the military; that Black same-sex couples are more likely to work in the public sector, and that they earn less than married Black couples in San Francisco.

As a result of these and other factors, Black same-sex couples have more to gain from legal recognition of their relationships and more to lose when states pass amendments banning marriage and other forms of partner recognition. The analysis was released in conjunction with the celebration of Black History Month.

The San Francisco-specific analysis is a supplement to the groundbreaking study, Black Same-Sex Households in the United States: a Report from the 2000 Census, released in October by the Task Force Policy Institute and the National Black Coalition.

San Francisco ranks eighth among U.S. cities in number of Black same-sex households, behind New York and Los Angeles and ahead of Houston and Miami.

The analysis reveals the following important and sometimes startling facts about Black same-sex couples in San Francisco:

  • Black female same-sex households in San Francisco parent at rates comparable to Black married opposite-sex couple households. Nearly half of Black female same-sex couples (45%) have at least one child. Sixty-six percent of Black married opposite-sex couple households have at least one child.

  • Black same-sex couples in San Francisco earn more than $6,000 less per year than Black married opposite-sex couples, and nearly $30,000 less than White same-sex couples.

  • Individuals in Black same-sex households in San Francisco work in the public sector at a higher rate than those in White same-sex household (17% vs. 15%).

  • Black same-sex couples in San Francisco are almost as likely as Black married opposite-sex couples (47% vs. 58%) to report living in the same residence as five years earlier, a key indicator of relationship stability.

Black women in same-sex households in San Francisco report serving in the military at four times the rate of Black women in married opposite-sex households (11% vs. 3%). Nationally, Black women are discharged under the military's ban on lesbian and gay service members at rates far exceeding their representation in the armed forces: although they make up less than 1% of the military, they represent 3% of all discharges.

Black Same-Sex Households in the United States: A Report from the 2000 Census was written by Alain Dang and Somjen Frazer. Census data were provided by Lopez and Cheung, Inc. The study and San Francisco fact sheets are available at http://www.thetaskforce.org/reports_and_research.


Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (the Task Force) was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality. We work to build the grassroots political strength of our community by training state and local activists and leaders, working to strengthen the infrastructure of state and local allies, and organizing broad-based campaigns to build public support for complete equality for LGBT people. Our Policy Institute, the community's premiere think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a world that respects and makes visible the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate in society. Headquartered in Washington, DC, we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Cambridge. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington, DC. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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