According to a new study, gay men with resumes that make their sexuality identifiable are 40 percent less likely to be called in for a job interview than someone who lists membership of a socialist group.

Harvard University researcher Andras Tilcsik prepared two resumes — one which listed the applicant as having been the elected treasurer of a college campus gay organisation, and another which listed him as being involved in a “progressive and socialist alliance” — and used them to respond to job advertisements.

Tilcsik thought that as both types of organisation would be associated with leftwing politics, he could eliminate bias based on political affiliation.

Results varied across the country with far fewer callbacks in the country’s Southern and Midwestern states than in Western and Northeastern states where being identifiably gay on a resume made little difference to the number of callbacks.

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