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.Read more
Sex worker activists have long argued that sex work is work like any other work. But what are the prospects for sex worker collective action inspired by the labor movement? The labor of sex falls outside the purview of the traditional trade union: sex workers are partly criminalized, often with no fixed “employer” with whom to negotiate, and operate through a range of often contingent work arrangements, from gift-based relationships with a few long-term partners to highly organized brothel work.Read more
Invisible Lives, Targeted Bodies: The Impacts of Economic Injustice on LGBTQ Communities was A 2-day conference on the impacts of economic injustice on vulnerable LGBTQ communities. One of the speakers was Stuart Applebaum, President of RWDSU.
Other speakers included:
Amber Hollibaugh, Kenyon Farrow, Rebecca Lurie, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas & Reina Gossett.
The Occupy movement thrilled many who long for stronger progressive movements, and then its wane reminded us of the lackRead more
A 2-day conference on the impacts of economic injustice on vulnerable LGBTQ communities.
Amber Hollibaugh, Kenyon Farrow, Rebecca Lurie, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Reina Gossett.
By Susan Chandler and Jill B. Jones ILR Pess, 2011 Reviewed by Lois Rita Helmbold Ah, the glamour ofRead more
The current attack on public sector unions is the latest step in a long-term effort to “end big government” throughRead more