A new study from the American Sociological Review reveals that there is another wage gap that we need to be concerned about. Bisexual employees, it turns out, make less money than their heterosexual coworkers.
The study concluded that bisexual women make between 7 to 28 percent less money than straight women, and bisexual men make between 11 to 19 percent less than heterosexual counterparts.
While the women to men wage gap raises the issues of factors such as caring for children, the need for more flexible working arrangements, etc., the bisexual pay gap doesn’t seem to have any clear reasons for its existence.
Most wage differences can actually be blamed on how employers view the role of the primary parent, because when comparing the pay of mothers who are straight to mothers who are gay, there is no real difference.
The study’s author, Trenton D. Mize said: “After including the effects of motherhood and marriage in the model—highly significant predictors of wages—the wage gap between lesbian and heterosexual women becomes insignificant.”
However, this type of thinking does not come into play in the bisexual wage gap, so we are left with only discrimination to blame.
“I found that marriage and parenthood explained little if any of the wage gaps for either bisexual men or bisexual women,” Mize said. Unfortunately, “the findings are suggestive of discrimination.”
It seems like bisexuals are often viewed as immature, flaky, and not as forthright as straight or gay people. It’s an old, unfounded stereotype but it seems that the LGBT community has not been able to change this viewpoint in society just yet.