Sexuality Research and Social Policy

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 1–10 | Cite as

Sexuality-Related Work Discrimination and Its Association with the Health of Sexual Minority Emerging and Young Adult Men in the Detroit Metro Area

  • José A. BauermeisterEmail author
  • Steven Meanley
  • Andrew Hickok
  • Emily Pingel
  • William VanHemert
  • Jimena Loveluck


Discrimination has been linked to negative health outcomes among minority populations. The increasing evidence regarding health disparities among sexual minorities has underscored the importance of addressing sexuality discrimination as a public health issue. We conducted a web-based survey between May and September of 2012 in order to obtain a diverse sample of young men who have sex with men (ages 18–29; N = 397; 83 % gay; 49 % black, 27 % white, 15 % Latino) living in the Detroit Metro Area (Michigan, USA). Using multivariate regression models, we examined the association between overall health (self-rated health, days in prior month when their physical or mental health was not good, and limited functionality) and experiences of sexuality-based work discrimination. Fifteen percent reported at least one experience of sexuality-based work discrimination in the prior year. Recent workplace discrimination was associated with poorer self-rated health, a greater number of days when health was not good, and more functional limitation. We discuss the importance of addressing sexuality-related discrimination as a public health problem and propose multilevel intervention strategies to address these discriminatory practices.


Employment Job Homophobia LGBT 



This research was supported by a grant by the Ford Foundation and the MAC AIDS Fund to the primary author. The primary author is also supported by a Career Development Award (K01-MH087242) from the National Institutes of Mental Health.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors have no conflict of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José A. Bauermeister
    • 1
    Email author
  • Steven Meanley
    • 1
  • Andrew Hickok
    • 1
  • Emily Pingel
    • 1
  • William VanHemert
    • 2
  • Jimena Loveluck
    • 3
  1. 1.The Center for Sexuality & Health DisparitiesUniversity of Michigan School of Public HealthAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.AIDS Partnership MichiganDetroitUSA
  3. 3.HIV/AIDS Resource CenterYpsilantiUSA

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