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France: Cohabiting gay men ‘twice as likely to be unemployed as straight counterparts’

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  1. Gemma Gillon 22 Jun 2012, 3:08pm

    Yes. I was kicked out central borders citizens advice as soon as I announced I was gay. Thing is they get you with constructive dismissal. LGBT is good to say you support becosue that seels but visiblity i nthe work place is a loss.

    1. Are you sure it wasn’t because of your spelling and not your sexuality? :-p

    2. Exactly it’s this kind thing that causes so many problems when genuine cases arise, people should not scream discrimination when they are caught out for being incapable of completing a job. Nothing to do with you being gay sweetheart……..sure it’s not the first time someone has said that though.

      1. Spanner1960 23 Jun 2012, 12:20pm

        Is it coz I is a fag?

  2. This means nothing – the sample size was tiny. Next story.

    1. Gemma Gillon 22 Jun 2012, 3:29pm

      It ment somthing to those who were segragated from occupation in a western society preporting to be inclusive, democratic, equal and humain.

      1. I think she means humane.

    2. Agree with you Adam.

  3. All the more reason to bring about equality and the relative stability and sense of inclusiveness that goes with it?

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 22 Jun 2012, 3:45pm

    Straight people probably have a lot less stress, not having to deal with discrimination in the delivery of goods and services and never having to worry about their rights that most take for granted such as marriage. None of them had to fight for anything except perhaps for the right of women to vote and serve on juries as well as parity in the pay structure, but other than that, they’ve not had to put up with decades of blatant discrimination based on their sexual orientation, perceived or otherwise. We’ve never been allowed to form legal unions until recently and even then, we’re still not equal while marriage eludes us.

    1. That There Other David 22 Jun 2012, 4:48pm

      Don’t understate the battles that women have had to go through (and are still going through) for workplace acceptance. The discrimination women in the workplace have to face is just as stressful as anything we go through, even if caused by different reasons. Pressure about being a working mum or having to complete the family chores after leaving work are both good examples of how women in straight relationships get a raw deal. At least same-sex relationships tend to divvy the tidying up and dinner duties, and we are far less likely to have parental duties.

      Not that we’ve got it 100% easy of course, just that we’re not the only group that currently miss out on the easy ride.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 22 Jun 2012, 5:43pm

        I wasn’t trying to belittle the struggles of women in the workplace, how harder it is for them to reach the highest promotion as well as income inequality, but their heterosexuality is never the subject of ridicule, denigration in the workplace although sexual harrassment is far higher among women of course, but they rarely get sacked because of their orientation. We face far more than any other group, always have.

        1. I don’t disagree with you that gay people face harassment in the workplace, but gender bias and harassment has never stopped despite legislation.

  5. Cardinal Capone 22 Jun 2012, 4:19pm

    The national rate of unemployment in France is 10.1%.

    So if you are in a gay couple you are much less likely to be unemployed than the average citizen, on these figures.

  6. Cardinal Capone 22 Jun 2012, 4:27pm

    Also, this is not comparing like with like. You have to compare both parties of the straight couples with both parties of the gay couples. Not including the non-working women in the statistics is deliberately skewing the results, as well as being sexist.

  7. That There Other David 22 Jun 2012, 4:39pm

    The last point is particularly relevant I think. In my relationship my partner only has to work when he wants to, since I can easily pay all our bills from my earnings. Society is more forgiving of women in relationships either not working or being part-time, but what’s the issue providing both partners are happy?

  8. Liberty, equality, fraternity – as long as you are straight.
    Talking of straight a more strait laced and uptight society I have rarely come across.

  9. Just shows that we are slightly less motivated to be out of the house because we have partners that don’t get on our nerves… This research nothing means… :3

  10. Sad the anti-gay Christians have influenced France to the point that gays can not get and keep good jobs there, like many countries who use religion to discriminate against gays, Muslims, gypsies, blacks and other minorities. If all of these minorities got together and protested together over this injustice you might see a change in the country.

  11. Christopher 23 Jun 2012, 1:25am

    Two can live cheaper than one… and there are rarely kids to support. Nothing but fine wine, great decor, cool vacations…

    1. That there other David 23 Jun 2012, 11:57am

      And a fabulous wardrobe Chris, don’t forget the wardrobe ;-)

  12. More needs to be done to educate the public about the LGBT Community and stop social prejudices

  13. Does this mean some emloyers may be homophobic? Well I never…Who would have guessed.

  14. Jock S. Trap 23 Jun 2012, 9:39am

    Well cut of discrimination towards Gay men and then do the study!

  15. Paddyswurds 23 Jun 2012, 11:04am

    Can someone explain why this is being marked down?

    1. Spanner1960 23 Jun 2012, 12:22pm

      Because it’s spam and he has posted the same crap on every post.
      PN: Please delete this garbage.

      1. Paddyswurds 23 Jun 2012, 1:28pm

        Oh right…I did see it elsewhere. The dude needs to pay for an ad…..

      2. Paddyswurds 23 Jun 2012, 1:30pm

        Oh right…i did see it elsewhere. The dude should take out and pay for an ad…..

    2. Paddyswurds 23 Jun 2012, 9:00pm

      Three mark downs for a question????
      PINK NEWS…..This mark down thing should be scrapped. It is being used as a method of bullying… intellectually bereft idiots.

    3. Paddyswurds 23 Jun 2012, 9:48pm

      So the disappearing comment bug is back. Reload is greyed out but maybe the post for a post will make it reappear…lets see

      1. Paddyswurds 23 Jun 2012, 9:50pm

        yep it’s back…… Word Press is Shyte pure and simple. There aren’t as many bugs in a termite hill…..

  16. Sam Maloney 27 Jun 2012, 7:19pm

    I think the real ‘news’ in this study is that an unemployed straight man in France is less likely to attract a partner than is an unemployed gay man.

    And no wonder: women are still biologically wired to seek mates with enough resources to give her offspring a head start in life. Unemployment is naturally a bigger turnoff for them…

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