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Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence

Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence Queers for Economic Justice 599414 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796015599414New Labor ForumHollibaugh and Weiss research-article2015 The LGBT/Q Working Class: An Invisible Majority New Labor Forum 2015, Vol. 24(3) 18 –27 Queer Precarity and the Myth Copyright © 2015, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: of Gay Affluence sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1095796015599414 nlf.sagepub.com 1 2 Amber Hollibaugh and Margot Weiss Keywords capitalism, equality, gender discrimination, labor, LGBT, neoliberalism, politics, poverty, racism, sexual orientation unorganized workers The LGBT movement’s laser-focus on marriage increasing hardships and economic crisis, along- equality propagates the myth of gay and lesbian side the majority of working-class and poor affluence as political strategy, leaving aside any Americans. Economic precarity has necessitated analysis of class or economic inequality or pov- new forms of labor organizing, including worker erty—much less an analysis of capitalism. LGBT centers and union–community partnerships. people are typically depicted as affluent consum- Recent campaigns to organize domestic workers, ers with high disposable incomes, yet this is livery and taxi cab drivers, retail workers, and for- hardly the norm. The majority of LGBT/Q people merly incarcerated workers, and the explosive are poor or working class, female, and people of fight of low-wage workers for a $15 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence

New Labor Forum , Volume 24 (3): 10 – Sep 1, 2015

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Queers for Economic Justice 599414 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796015599414New Labor ForumHollibaugh and Weiss research-article2015 The LGBT/Q Working Class: An Invisible Majority New Labor Forum 2015, Vol. 24(3) 18 –27 Queer Precarity and the Myth Copyright © 2015, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: of Gay Affluence sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1095796015599414 nlf.sagepub.com 1 2 Amber Hollibaugh and Margot Weiss Keywords capitalism, equality, gender discrimination, labor, LGBT, neoliberalism, politics, poverty, racism, sexual orientation unorganized workers The LGBT movement’s laser-focus on marriage increasing hardships and economic crisis, along- equality propagates the myth of gay and lesbian side the majority of working-class and poor affluence as political strategy, leaving aside any Americans. Economic precarity has necessitated analysis of class or economic inequality or pov- new forms of labor organizing, including worker erty—much less an analysis of capitalism. LGBT centers and union–community partnerships. people are typically depicted as affluent consum- Recent campaigns to organize domestic workers, ers with high disposable incomes, yet this is livery and taxi cab drivers, retail workers, and for- hardly the norm. The majority of LGBT/Q people merly incarcerated workers, and the explosive are poor or working class, female, and people of fight of low-wage workers for a $15

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Published: Sep 1, 2015

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