What TruePisces said. In general, when in a discussion a the topic money comes up, people ususally don’t really mind telling how much they make. I can easily envision the following conversation as being normal.
He (upon opening an evelope): Jeez, another bill, as if I have money to spare!
She: I don’t understand, I always thought you had plenty of cash.
He: Not nearly enough as I’d wanted.
She: Really, how come? How much are you making then?
However, the following situation might be view as being awkward:
He (upon tying his shoe laces): Time for a nice run around the park.
She: You said it. By the way, how much do you earn?
But this is the same thing as sexual preference, I would think. When someone comes up to me and asks me out of the blue if I’m gay or straight, I don’t think I would answer, even though I’m usually not that secretive about it. Same thing as money.
As for your questions:
- More than I should.
I think the notion people have from gay people’s salary is mainly influenced by television and film. Because nowadays these media need to be politically correct, they usually depict gay people in a more positive light. That meaning, well-off job, quite attractive overall and that sort of stuff.
Also, according to Holywood, there are only two types of jobs: you either are a stockbroker, business man or rocket scientist, meaning that you are rich, or you are a construction worker, plumber or whatnot meaning that you aren’t that well-off. Then, when they need a gay person in a film, which job would fit better with a gay stereotype? Hardly the construction worker I would think. Thus, a gay person will always find himself in the upper middle class. I just wished it is like that in real life…