Raising the Federal Minimum Wage: Impact on LGBT Adults
By Kerith J. Conron and Shoshana K. Goldberg
An estimated 1,450,000 LGBT adults would see an increase in earnings by 2025 if the minimum wage were increased from $7.25 to $15 per hour. This estimate includes 913,000 LGBT workers who would have earned less than $15 per hour without the proposed increase and an additional 537,000 million LGBT workers who might see ripple effects on their wages.
Prior research from the Williams Institute found that increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would reduce the proportion of male same-sex couples living in poverty by one-third and female same-sex couples by almost one-half.