The Pink Economy
It amazes me that so many Americans are unaware of the Pink Economy, which we Pink Sheep of the Flock of God did set up for ourselves, so we would not cause a ruckus in your world by being honest. Well, you’re sort of aware because there’s plenty of jokes, good jokes even, about hair salon guys and interior decorating fellows (that’s what my grandmother called my gay friends, “You going out with the fellows?” she’d ask.) You all heard of gay bars (I hope.). Obviously, everyone’s knowledge of this portion of the economy is different. But it’s far more extensive than America perhaps realizes.
To my recent post at www.iowntheworld.com there was a comment made by a person, genderless mind you, who goes by Frosteetoes. It is a frequent commenter and hat tipper at IOTW. On September 8th, 2010, It (what would you have me call the genderless? I’m not confused of mine, that’s for sure.) wrote:
I’ve never met a gay plumber or gay car mechanic. Come to think of it, I’ve never met a gay gynecologist. I don’t know why this is…
Well, It, I’ll tell you why you don’t know why that is. You are obviously 100% clueless about the Pink Economy. Let’s pull back the drapes and let the sunshine in, OK?. Transparency and openness of a liberty sort, no doubt, is required, and the opinions of mankind respected. Did you know, Frosteetoes, of this:
“The NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. (me among them, and not even a member!) The NGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of our members.”
Do you think, It, that among the 1.4 businesses and entrepreneurs in this little group there are no plumbers, electricians, gynecologists? Seek and ye shall find, for there on the door of many and sundry a business in the most unlikely and likely of places, where you have been too, all over the world even, is a little rainbow sticker, proportioned like a flag, with stripes, right there somewhere near all the stickers for Visa, MasterCard and the Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce, that says gay plumber, or perhaps, gay electrician, or even gay gynecologist or some such. We even have our own phone books, and networking websites, and dating services, Club Meds, cruise lines, banks, and all manner of every business known to man and woman, and churches, too, all nestled right there among you paying taxes and running our lives just as peaceably as America’s culture allows. Which is pretty darn peaceful if you ask me. Not like it used to be, when we listened to all your stuff about us being the end of the world.
And then there’s this, my friend Frosteetoes, to whom I’m imparting my Jeffersonian duty to educate all Americans so that the Republic runs more smoothly and with malice towards none, and a live and let live frontier spirit of “he’s a little weird, just leave him be.”
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Announces Out for Business!
November 18 – 20, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke confirmed to speak
Washington, D.C. – AUGUST 25, 2010 — The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) announces the 2010 NGLCC National Business and Leadership Conference: Out For Business! and National Dinner: An Evening of Courage!, November 18-20 in Washington, D.C. The conference, now in its 7th year, brings together leaders in business, government and public policy to celebrate diversity and promote the economic growth of LGBT business owners.
And then over at www.hopenchangecartoons.blogspot.com
In fact, Goolsbee [an Obaminister of some sort] just may be a better comedian than economist; he’s a big proponent of letting the Bush tax breaks for small business expire, even though we’re in the midst of a crushing recession with record unemployment.
And somewhere, It, and others, there’s 1.4 million gay businesses of some kind or another, of every type, though, I’m sure, facing the same fools as the rest of you. And thus I wonder, does the Tea Party have anyone – anyone anywhere – some straight person with a dash of clout or public dash – who would venture into this conference and give a speech? Who among you will counter Locke and Goolsbee to those 1.4 million? Who will make even a mild, less than all embracing, but “we bear no malice” appeal to your fellow Americans suffering under this Administration, and beset by lies, though they pertain to divers subjects? I find it amazing that there might be none. Not a one. So sad, really.
And if you think all of those 1.4 million like or believe the two henchmen for the apocalypse a-coming, you are also not seeing the reality of the Pink Economy, which suffers and will suffer in the same proportion to you folks. Locke and Goolsbee have no good news or special favors, they bring bromides not much different than they usually do. But they bear no malice, and pander, and ask for votes.
Meanwhile, I have it on good authority that the flamboyant dancing boys in the French Quarter made less money than usual during a recent large festival, the one which was said to have caused Katrina, but this year seemed to be filled with pleasant breezes and fragrant blossoms. So much for that theory. Still, business is down, and gay business owners are no less sensitive to the morass than straight businesses.
And somehow, I doubt that gay folks are going to like what is or is not in that ObamaCare thingy. Why, who knows, there might even be an anti-gay provision of some kind, or not gay friendly, and could be shown to be another thing we all found out in it. Go find that provision, or one which could be so construed as to exclude gay couples, or gay folks in general.
And then, oh then, such a sweet piece of ammunition that you can spin into an Anti-Pelosi ad and blanket the airwaves of San Francisco with it. 1/3 of her constituents might be immediately less amenable to the idea of voting again for her. Get their votes – get rid of this woman.
And would one of you please go to get those votes that hang like ripe fruits right there in that conference in DC? And ask for the time and money and word of mouth advertising, and votes, even if you don’t know how to figure us out, to stop the socialism. Go, show at least you bear no malice, especially in light of the larger problem of the impending socialist jaws of economic ruin.
Isn’t that what including the “All” in Liberty and Justice for All is?
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