Sexual orientation and poverty in the UK: a review and top-line findings from the UK Household Longitudinal Study

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Journal of Research in Gender Studies

Author

S.C. Noah Uhrig

Publication date

Summary

Is there a link between sexuality and poverty in the UK? If so, has this relationship changed over time? This review synthesizes British and international literature while adding top-line findings from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) to address these questions. It focuses not only on aggregate poverty rates but also on poverty drivers related to household structure, homelessness, health, education, employment and household wealth. The literature and top-line data analyses reveal gay and bisexual men experience greater material disadvantage compared heterosexual men while bisexual women experience greater material disadvantage compared to heterosexual women. Though the international literature sometimes finds material disadvantage for lesbians, the UKHLS data reveal little evidence that lesbians are materially disadvantaged relative to heterosexual women, although any British lesbian material disadvantage may be related to their status as women rather than their sexuality.

Volume and page numbers

5, 23-72

ISSN

16

Subjects

Social Groups and Poverty

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Notes

Is referenced by: Scottish Government (2017) 'Sexual orientation in Scotland 2017: a summary of the evidence base'. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

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