I just wrote a piece for Chicago's Windy City Times on the interlinked issues of Gay Dollars, the links between labor organizers and LGBT politics, and economic boycotts. All of these are, of course, tied to the recent upheavals around Prop 8 and gay marriage. As some of you know, I've been thinking, researching, and writing about these connections for a while now. I'm especially interested in looking at the link between organized labor and LGBT politics for a future piece. An excerpt from the piece and link to the full piece are after the jump. As always, comments and questions are welcome!
Gay Dollars, Labor, and Boycotts
Gay Dollars, Labor and Boycotts excerpt:
The gay dollar has never been stronger. The passage of the anti-same-sex-marriage initiative Proposition 8 brought protests across the country. Subsequently, gay activists have released the names of prominent businesspeople who donated to the ballot measure, and called for economic boycotts of their corporations.
Such initiatives, while part of gay history, also prompt new questions. What role do boycotts play when many corporations now woo well-off gay consumers, boast of "gay-friendly" policies and sometimes have gays and lesbians at the helm? What do boycotts say about the connection between gays and labor unions, traditionally among the organizations that call for such boycotts?