LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander Individuals and Same-Sex Couples

Source: Angeliki Kastanis and Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute, September 2013

From the press release:
2.8% of all Asian and Pacific Islander adults in the U.S. identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) according to a new study entitled, “LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander Individuals and Same-Sex Couples,” by Angeliki Kastanis, Public Policy Research Fellow at the Williams Institute, and Gary J. Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar. Nationally, the estimated 325,000 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBT individuals have lower rates of employment and academic achievement than their non-LGBT counterparts. Overall, the 33,000 API individuals in same-sex couples are doing better. …

….Other key findings include:
• LGBT API adults have higher rates of unemployment than non-LGBT API adults (11% versus 8%).
• API same-sex couples raising children are less likely to include two college graduates than comparable API different-sex couples (20% versus 43%).
• LGBT API adults are less likely to have completed a college degree when compared to their non-LGBT counterparts (42% v. 59%, respectively).
• Rates of educational attainment also vary among subpopulations within the API community. Asian individuals in same-sex couples report more than double the rate of college completion compared to PI/NH individuals. Individuals of Asian Indian, Taiwanese, or Pakistani ancestry report high levels of educational attainment, while Laotian, Hmong, Cambodian, and Hawaiian individuals report lower rates of college completion.
• Annual average earnings of API male same-sex couples exceed those of API female same-sex couples by more than $25,000. Female API same-sex couples report average household incomes that are similar to API different-sex couples…..