Study: black gay men make as much as straight white men in corporate America
According to a study released by researchers at Princeton University, negative stereotypes about black gay men has very little impact on their salary.
The research is described in a paper titled “The Positive Consequences of Negative Stereotypes: Race, Sexual Orientation and the Job Application Process“, and challenges the commonly held idea that membership in multiple marginalized groups leads to more discrimination.
Sociologist David Pedulla asked 231 white participants in a nationwide survey to suggest a starting salary for an applicant for a fictional job as an assistant manager at a large retail store.
Each participant was shown one of four résumés, which were identical except for two items. Half used a white-sounding name, Brad Miller, and half used a black-sounding name, Darnell Jackson. In addition, half noted the applicant’s role as president of the “Gay Student Advisory Council” in college while the other half listed his role as president of the “Student Advisory Council.”
The result was that each participant suggested a starting salary for an applicant portrayed as a straight white man, a gay white man, a gay black man or a straight black man. Participants were also asked questions about the applicant that Pedulla used to measure how “threatening” they perceived the applicant to be.
The survey participants recommended lower starting salaries for straight black men and gay white men than for straight white men, indicating a salary penalty for being black or for being gay, Pedulla said.
“However, there is no salary penalty for gay black men, who receive higher salary recommendations than straight black men and salary recommendations on par with straight white men,” Pedulla said.
The evidence shows that gay black men are viewed as less threatening than straight black men.
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