Reports & Research

Income inflation: The myth of affluence among gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans

Report Type: 
November 30, 1998

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are not, as a class, richer than heterosexuals. In some cases, in fact, we appear to earn less than comparable heterosexuals.

  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are spread throughout the range of household income distribution, just as heterosexual people are.

  • The popular press has taken marketing and advertising statistics for specific segments of the community and used them to stereotype the entire community.

  • These myths and misconceptions about the wealth or disposable income of LGBT people have found their way into the courts in crucial civil rights challenges.