Representation of Lesbian and Gay Men in Federal, State, and Local Bureaucracies

33 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2008

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Gregory B. Lewis

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies - Dept. of Public Management & Policy

David Pitts

American University

Date Written: August 28, 2008

Abstract

Americans increasingly view lesbians and gay men as a legitimate minority, entitled to equal employment opportunities and perhaps to adequate representation in government. Scholars of public administration have extensively studied whether women and racial minorities receive fair representation and pay in the public sector, but we have generally ignored lesbians and gay men, largely because we lack data on the sexual orientation of government employees. Using a 5 percent sample of the 2000 Census, this paper provides new insights into one group of lesbian and gay employees: full-time workers with same-sex unmarried partners. It first determines whether they are as likely to hold jobs in the public and nonprofit sectors as workers who are married, have different-sex unmarried partners, or have never been married. Second, it explores whether lesbians' and gay men's representation is concentrated in particular occupations. It then examines whether workers with same-sex partners earn as much as other workers, and whether any disparities can be explained by race, gender, education, age, occupation, and location.

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Gregory B. and Pitts, David W, Representation of Lesbian and Gay Men in Federal, State, and Local Bureaucracies (August 28, 2008). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 08-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1260422 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1260422

Gregory B. Lewis (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies - Dept. of Public Management & Policy ( email )

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
PO Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992
United States

David W Pitts

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Ward 334
Washington, DC 20016
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/pitts.cfm

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