Bay Area Gay Families Not As White, Wealthy As You Think

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San Francisco’s gay families defy stereotypes.

While many people imagine same-sex founded families as white and wealthy, a study shows that the majority of the Bay Area’s gays are of color and make considerably less than their straight counterparts, particularly those who live in San Francisco.

A study released Tuesday by a group of Bay Area organizations serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families found that same-sex couples raising children in California are more likely to be people of color and that their median household income is 17 percent lower than the income of married couples with children.

In Alameda and San Francisco counties, the report found, a large proportion of gay and lesbian couples raising children were nonwhite. In addition, 69 percent of same-sex parents were women. Those two factors could help explain why same-sex families have lower incomes, Appel said, because women and people of color earn less on average.

The median household income for people in Alameda clocks in at $70,000. The rich kids in San Francisco, meanwhile, rake in an estimated $83,000. Life can be so unfair!
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