The Myth of Gay Affluence

  • metta

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    Mar 27, 2014 9:31 PM GMT
    The Myth of Gay Affluence


    Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/the-myth-of-gay-affluence/284570/
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    Mar 30, 2014 11:08 PM GMT
    This is old news
  • Apparition

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    Mar 31, 2014 3:32 AM GMT
    most people in the arts are broke...surprise.

    paying all the rent yourself is also expensive and most gays are single most of their lives.



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    Mar 31, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    Apparition saidmost people in the arts are broke...surprise.

    paying all the rent yourself is also expensive and most gays are single most of their lives.





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  • Mar 31, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    Never really thought about this before. Interesting.
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    Mar 31, 2014 8:08 AM GMT
    metta8 saidThe Myth of Gay Affluence


    Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/the-myth-of-gay-affluence/284570/


    I suspect a lot of the findings in the last three decades about gay white males, in particular, even if they come from marketing research, still stand though... Perhaps not on these forums, but there are a class of gay white men, whose self-worth is very much tied to how much they make and what their possessions are, and they need to make good money to have that self-worth...
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    Mar 31, 2014 8:12 AM GMT
    While I can acknowledge poverty among so-called white gay males, this is a survey of "LGBT Americans" and the study readily reveals such, but of course it could always be twisted for whatever narratives and agendas that various people might have.
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    Mar 31, 2014 9:05 AM GMT
    And this is no real study about the myth of "gay affluence" and really just an analysis of various Gallup poll numbers from people that participated in the Food Stamp program, that just so happens to ask, or focus on asking about LGBT participation in the program. To arrive at the fact that LGBT people are 1.8 or 2.1 times more likely than heterosexual people in general to be on Food Stamps, it's taking into consideration a lot of factors and variables, and if one is able to read the study correctly and perhaps extrapolate things a bit, it basically highlights the fact that you're "screwed", or really just likely to be on Food Stamps, if you're a female, black, young and bisexual and who has nothing but a high school education or lower, and with a child, that you have a very good chance of being on Food Stamps. Yes, a good number of surveryed participants are unmarried LGBT persons with child, which I don't think the vast majority of LGBT people are... And what's telling as well, is that when they calculated for race, age, etc, etc, THE LIKELIHOOD OF NON-LGBT PEOPLE AND LGBT PEOPLE TO BE ON FOOD STAMPS, whether with children or not, ARE BASICALLY THE SAME.
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    Mar 31, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    I always felt this. Gay people probably don't make it to the level of the good ole boys and their high positions of authority and money. I just think they have extra money to spend without children. I know that many would not make it also in the high paying civil jobs either like police or firemen without being totally in the closet.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 31, 2014 11:37 PM GMT
    A significant majority of gay men are quite affluent despite what some of these limited surveys say. Poverty is no worse for gay white men than it is for straight white men. Now for minorities, it is the same in the GLBT community as it is in the straight communities. Both gay and straight minorities tend to be much poorer than their white counterparts. I have noticed that after attending many gay community functions in Buffalo that the disparity of income and wealth between white GLBT people and minority GLBT people is very similar to the income disparity between straight white people and straight minority people. So gay affluence is really not a myth. I know quite a few white gay men who are successful professionals living a very good life.
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    Apr 01, 2014 6:43 AM GMT
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    metta8 saidThe Myth of Gay Affluence


    Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/the-myth-of-gay-affluence/284570/


    I suspect a lot of the findings in the last three decades about gay white males, in particular, even if they come from marketing research, still stand though... Perhaps not on these forums, but there are a class of gay white men, whose self-worth is very much tied to how much they make and what their possessions are, and they need to make good money to have that self-worth...


    i can verify this from personal observations
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    Apr 01, 2014 11:41 AM GMT
    Wait, not all gay men are wealthy? That's certainly a crock, because every single gay man I know is super wealthy, and incredible intelligent, and a fancy dresser and has a great sense of humor, a sarcastic streak and super tight hairless butt. Then again, LingLang is the only gay man I know.
  • PolitiMAC

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    Apr 01, 2014 12:47 PM GMT
    Did anyone ever think gay people were somehow richer than straight people?

    I always thought we were all basically the same other than what we like sexually and romantically.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 01, 2014 5:28 PM GMT
    PolitiMAC saidDid anyone ever think gay people were somehow richer than straight people?

    I always thought we were all basically the same other than what we like sexually and romantically.
    That is a good, valid point.
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    Apr 01, 2014 6:54 PM GMT
    Most of the stereotypical gay jobs pay pretty badly
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    Apr 01, 2014 10:14 PM GMT
    The stereotype is also more about disposable income vs. earnings, since many gays don't have families to feed and house.
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 01, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    Snaz said
    Apparition saidmost people in the arts are broke...surprise.

    paying all the rent yourself is also expensive and most gays are single most of their lives.





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    Both your comments are exactly what I thought! icon_lol.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 01, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    bhp91126 saidThe stereotype is also more about disposable income vs. earnings, since many gays don't have families to feed and house.


    And don't get the same tax breaks and benefits as a married person (although that is changing).