A bit of searching yielded the following results: first I skimmed the first 200 documents pertaining to homosexuality. They covered HIV >> hepatitis > other STD's > over health issues such as breast cancer screening for lesbians. Socioeconomic status, domestic violence and alcoholism did not come up, so I looked under topics like their domestic violence summary, and found no mention again of homosexuality. Searches like homosexuality AND alcoholism or homosexuality AND domestic violence or violence yielded no significant results again. Perhaps someone with a specific citation could offer it for review.
I was left with the information I went in with, a few notable points of which I will list below:
1) Re: violence, gays are being killed today (for being gay, over and above non-hate crimes) at the same rate as lynchings at the peak of the civil rights movement (Time).
2) The problem of domestic violence among gays is poorly understood/understudied (see references under my self defense article) but we cannot expect them to be immune from this extremely common social problem.
3) Re: socioeconomic status, I have read that the gay movement is sometimes alternatively described in the media (and frequently described by anti gay groups) as lower class/dregs of society or upper class/ too politically powerful, depending on the message needing to be sent.
4) In research in several sources on a paper for undergrad work at UVA I found that, liberal attitudes towards gays and sexuality in general, and rates of self professed gay identity, demonstrated a good correlation with level of education. Naturally there are people who are straight or opposed to homosexuality with extensive educations, but this trend is all the info I have on socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
Addendum: in a general internet search looking for research on these matters I found: "Two UC Davis researchers (G Herek and Eric Glunt) found that the least homophobic persons were: politically liberal, young, highly educated, female, and most importantly, knew a gay or lesbian person."
A study conducted at U GA involving 64 white heterosexual men found that after comparing their responses to a homophobia survey and straight and gay pornography, 80% of the homophobic men and 34% of the non-homophobic men had moderate or definite arousal to homosexual images. (Adams, Wright, Lohr: "Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?" J Abnormal Psychology 105, 1996, pg 440-445).
The 1988 LA County Task Force on Runaway and Homseless Youth "report and recommendations of the task force" estimated that 25-35% of street children in that county are non heterosexual.
The same year the Seattle Commission on children and Youth of Seattle estimated that 40% of seattle street children are nonhetero.
A US Health and Human Services report indicated that "gay adolescents were 2-3 timesmore likely than peers to attempt suicide, accounting for as many as 30% of completed youth suicides each year."
I also located a site that discusses conversion therapy: http://atheism.about.com/religion/atheism/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.religioustolerance.org%2Fhom_fixe.htm
and nature v nuture: http://atheism.about.com/religion/atheism/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.religioustolerance.org%2Fhom_fixe.htm
both from this page, with its general slant obvious from the address: http://atheism.about.com/religion/atheism/msub_homosexuality_misc.htm
[This message has been edited by Ian (edited March 09, 2001).]