Pride Month is here, which annually commemorates the LGBTQ+ community. This celebration draws awareness and goodwill to LGBTQ+ people since the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. These riots transformed the gay liberation movement. While celebrations will be at a high, wages among LGBTQ+ workers are at a low compared to the typical worker. The wage gap is significant.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, LGBTQ+ workers earned 90 cents of the $1.00 that typical non-LGBTQ+ employees make. This sample came from 7,000 LGBTQ+ individuals who work full-time at 35 hours or more a week (non-farm) in the private or public sectors.
If this wasn’t enough of a wage gap disparity, LGBTQ+ people of color earn even less. An LGTBQ+ White person can expect to earn 97 cents of the typical dollar a cisgender and straight person earns. If you are LGBTQ+ Latinx, it is 90 cents…LGBTQ+ Black, it is 80 cents…LGBTQ+ Native American, it is 70 cents. The only non-disparity is LGBTQ+ AAPI workers, who earn the equivalent $1.00.
Even more shocking or of equal disparity is that trans men earn 70 cents of the $1.00 of the typical worker. For trans women, it is 60 cents.
Pride Month celebrates the impact the LGBTQ+ community has brought into the world, and recognizes progress made. Pride Month also acknowledges the task to diminish the wage gap of LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as to close the gender and ethnicity gaps that come along with it.
At Forester Haynie, we handle wage and hour matters for workers and ensure every person across America has equal access to justice.
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