Do heterosexuals share similar political leanings based on the fact that they're heterosexual? Seems obvious to me that they don't, but feel free to submit an opposing argument if you have one that will enlighten us. Likewise on their consumer habits.
Originally Posted by sec
If there's a strong political leaning in one direction among the majority of gay and bisexual people, it can perhaps be attributed to the difference between the parties on issues related to sex and family life. But I think it's a mistake to assume the majority of gay and bisexual people form their political leanings solely around those issues. I personally am not a one issue voter, and while I can be very turned off by politicians who have what I perceive to be an anti-gay voting record, and who have aligned themselves with anti-gay groups (AFA, NOM, FRC, FOTF, the rest of the Arlington Group), which generally means Republicans, that doesn't mean I'm at all excited about the policies of the other side in other areas, generally meaning Democrats.
Regarding what I consider to be the myth of "gay disposable income", that has generally been associated with the idea that gay people don't form families and raise children; something that becomes less and less true all the time. It also neglects other demographic factors, like the economic class one is born into, the opportunities (or lack thereof) one has for obtaining an education, job experience, etc. and individual levels of talent and ambition. Not to mention that women often don't enjoy pay equality, which tends to put the oft-ignored lesbians at something of a disadvantage, generally speaking.
Consumption habits vary widely, too. There are gay people who live far beyond their means, and others who are well off that save rather than spend. Just doesn't seem like this is something driven by orientation to me. If there's a driver, it's a company's record on treatment of their gay workers and what we can find out about the political leanings of their owners. HRC publishes an annual list to help guide people in that respect, (though I tend to ignore favorable ratings for companies with a prior record of bad behavior. I'm just not that forgiving).
Selling me something 'gay' related probably isn't going to net you much. Having the fortitude to put your money where your mouth is in support of organizations fighting on my behalf and in your advertising <- much more likely to at least get my attention, but not necessarily my loyalty. I'm not going to buy crap just because the person selling it is gay-positive. Crap is crap is crap.
Not necessarily. Since there are so few of us, there are fewer "fish" in our "sea" as compared to heterosexuals - especially for those of us who don't live in cities with thriving gay populations.
Originally Posted by sec
As far as I'm concerned, most of the stuff "known" about gay people as a demographic applies to young, gay, white, male, city dwellers. Hardly any of it applies to me. Apparently I'm my own "niche".
To anti-gay bigots: Don't bother disrespecting me, as I've probably already ignored you. To some, "we will never be, never be anything but loud and nitty gritty, dirty, little freaks". Search YouTube for "Lily Allen" & "Gay Collab"; you'll find collaborations by people in several countries expressing my ultimate opinion of your attitude problem.
I'm an independent and consider 'Left vs. right', 'liberal vs. conservative', 'Democrat vs. Republican' partisan hackery unworthy of my time.