Economic rights, economic myths, and economic realities

Jeane W. Anastas

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Although the myth is that gay and lesbian people, especially gay men, are affluent and are faring well in the workplace, research shows that they in fact experience wage discrimination and lack many other fundamental rights related to employment. This article reviews the literature addressing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgend-ered people as workers, showing the ways in which their economic rights are still compromised in the United States today. The social work profession must understand these realities and seek ways to address them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Economic myths
  • Economic rights
  • Employment
  • Employment benefits
  • Gay rights
  • Gays
  • Lesbians
  • Social work
  • Wage discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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