Author: Amber Hollibaugh

Senior activist fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women at Barnard College. She is the author of My Dangerous Desires—A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home, and co-director of The Heart of the Matter, a documentary film about women’s sexuality and risk for HIV/AIDS. The film won the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression award. She is a well-known activist, artist, public intellectual, community organizer, and was a founding member and a former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice.

Queers for Economic Justice

Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence

The LGBT movement’s laser-focus on marriage equality propagates the myth of gay and lesbian affluence as political strategy, leaving aside any analysis of class or economic inequality or poverty—much less an analysis of capitalism. LGBT people are typically depicted as affluent consumers with high disposable incomes, yet this is hardly the norm. The majority of LGBT/Q people are poor or working class, female, and people of color, who struggle to get a job or hold onto one, to pay their rent and care for themselves and the people they love.

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