Queers for Justice recent arcticle Stonewall 40th and Pride Unveil NYC’s Shameful Priorities – highlights how there has always been a inherent tension in the queer communities.
The article discusses New York city spending money targetting gay tourists to New York but not providing funds to the poor and working class queers.
This isn’t suprising and often I think the poor working class gays and lesbians are the ones who don’t get acknowledged in the fight for queer rights. Often research highlights the spending power of gay men without acknowledging the hidden gay poor. Hopefully more research on Queer poverty will occur – and one day sexual orientation will actually appear on national census questions – without this simple change the Queer poor will always be lost.