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Wednesday 08 April 2009


Proclamations of the Red Queen

26th February 2009

LGBT Life and The Recession

Posted by: Craig Young

LGBT academia now sports several books about LGBT economics, but none of these tackle questions related to the current recession. I thought I’d come up with about ten that occur to me:

1. What happens to our sex lives when recession hits? Do our sexual habits change?

2. What about gay men’s sex on site venues? Are they affected by the onset of a recession, which might mean that low income MSMs prefer outside cruising routes in preference to having to fork out cash?

3. What happens to sex workers if fewer punters have the disposable income required to pay for them? Will this affect brothel viability, producing more worker-run, self-managed home-based escort services? Will trans street workers be especially hard hit? How will the government’s ninety day provisional employment bill affect new sex workers?

4. Will redundancy leave some lesbians or gay men too emotionally depressed to have sex? Might low self-esteem lead people to take risks with sex and/or drugs?

5. Given that lesbians get paid less than gay men do, how will their personal economic situation affect the viability of women’s venues and events that rely on their disposable incomes?

6. Given the costs of long-term relationships, will there be more one-night stands across the board?

7. How will the recession affect civil unions? Or, do we deliberate more about that major phase in our lives, given the stability of civil unions compared to heterosexual marriages?

8. What about LGBT-led families? Will their relative incomes decline compared to their straight family counterparts, and/or single LGBTs?

9. How will the recession particularly affect transgender/whakawahine/fa’afafine, whose anti-discrimination protection is still ambiguous? Will they suffer greater problems with employment stability, accomodation, and access to the medical services needed for transitioning?

10. How will a contracting economy affect the cost of protease inhibitors for PLWAs and Herceptin and other preventative drugs for lesbian and bisexual female cancer survivors?

Tags: Politics · Religion

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW // Feb 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Fortunately, Out With Cancer is a national LGBT cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit providing free cancer support for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans survivors. http://www.outwithcancer.org and http://www.lgbtcancer.org

  • 2 Uroskin // Mar 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    1. Unsure whether it would change much, perhaps the frequency would be higher since it’s a free activity and we have more spare time when cutting back on paid leisire
    2. SoS sites suffer not from recession but from that endless email pingpong on dating sites that in the end gets you nowhere (or nowhere fast in my experience) compared to the quick, easy, fast, in out in out at lateshift.
    3. You entice with different offerings and options: frequent fucker cards, Sunday morning discounts, tuesday two for one specials etc. Anything to get the edge over the competition.
    4. If you got more time, use tyo experiment and perfect your craft and skills in the sack
    5. There are no female SoS sites, only potluck dinner parties
    6. Au contraire, sharing your life is cheaper than living alone, you can even share one-night stands if your flatmate has your stamina
    7. Economising on aping hetero examples is aways a good idea. Lesbian marriage always seemed like a permanent potluck dinner arrangement to me
    8. Why should LGBT families be exempt from the general recession? The credo is the same for everyone: work hard, get out of debt and be nice to your mother
    9. Buy a nice frock and show off those new puppies
    10. Why are those minority patients singled out as deserving extra special treatment? Sick is sick and we all should qualify for public health services.

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