on 08/26/2012 - 12:07 pm
Who-the-heck first cared if my gay friends shopped more? Well, actually, I did because they reminded me to buy new clothes at least once a decade. I hated to shop. My gay friends, however - girls and guys - did a great job of telling me what was cute in every store. I trusted their judgement. Did I say that I hate to shop?
So when did the buying power begin to be noticed? What drove the industries to focus on strictly the gay community? Or is it the LGBTQ community that caused the sway?
There was a sudden shift towards making businesses more gay-friendly in the last part of the 20th century. Was it to boost sales? Or support a movement? It has been an example of supply and demand at work.
There is such a thing today known as the “pink dollar” or “pink pound”. Tourism entities are aware of the financial increase and have aligned with the gay community. Gay-friendly travel packages, cruises, travel agents, destinations and vacays are everywhere to be found on the net.
The industry has produced associations for LGBTQ realtors. Gay-friendly housing developments, apartments and condos are sold by gay or gay-friendly agents. Condos are promoted in Florida and other travel worthy destinations.
The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals is just one resource for realtors. Pegasus Residential is the most noted residential provider of gay-friendly condos and apartments in the South-east. With names such as Evergreen At Lofton Place, Pegasus provides the echelon of service that the gay community demands.
To the wedding industry. Everyone was curious to see if the increase of same-sex unions would increase revenue as much as the media reported it would. Fact is, the marriage-based businesses have been booming, up 50% in the year last year.
Paul E. Singer, founder of the $20 billion Elliott Management fund, has a gay son and devoted nearly $10 million toward gay marriage legalization efforts.
6 Great Companies For The Gay Dollar? Try these - Apple, Google, Campbell Soup Co. Eastman Kodak, Levi-Strauss, Co. and Nike
It should be noted that the gay community often has more to spend because of the increased buying power and decreased family expenses, which is definitely not missed by the retail sector.
http://www.pinkfinance.co.uk/ - Which other industries are affected? What businesses have been specifically motivated by the gay community? Mortgage and Insurance Services, for starters. In 2000, UK’s first gay finance magazine began. They cover discrimination issues for the gay community
These are just a few of the economic trends and business ventures that have been influenced by the gay community. Want more? Check out www.gayborhoodapp.com for gay-friendly businesses everywhere! This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!
(image from queerty.com)
on 08/17/2012 - 09:09 pm
We all know what a straight haircut looks like. It's, um straight, right? ;) So what happens when the hairstyles get a little gay? Let's take a look...
A Cut Above: The 4 Best Men's Haircuts from Gay.net
The New Rocker - Extremely close on the sides/back and much longer on the top. Adam Levine is a prime example, wearing this neat and tidy look.
Retro Chic - A “good ol’ boy” look that has come back in style with the popularity of shows such as Mad Men. It is sexier than you remember but still a classic.
Bed Head - We know you don’t really wake up looking like that, but with a little work you can look messy and super sexy. As if you just rolled out of bed, you can look like a natural beauty who makes no fuss. It has been a popular style for a number of years.
The Warhawk - This look is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the Roman warriors and I love for my fella to wear this style. It takes a certain type of person to wear it. It’s roots are in the military warkawk, keeping this simple and easy. My favorite is when they let the strip of hair continue down the back of the head. Super hot.
A couple of tips. Think about your facial hair. It’s cool to be fuzzy, just make it look kept up. Eyebrows need shaping too. The unibrow is very Ernie. And last, try not to let your hair be too femme. More tips at How to Be Beautiful (for Gay Men)
How do the celebs wear their hair? Check out this gallery of the "31 Greatest Tom Brady Haircuts & Hairstyles That Drive Gay Men Nuts."
Stylist Chanel Cameo of Merle Norman Day Spa only had a few comments about gay hair. "Gay men," she says, "always come in with tons of goop on their hair. Admittedly, however, they always look close to perfect." She also wants to spruce up the lesbians who come in with a severe "butch" look. "I like to soften their style," she reports. "They leave my chair looking great and feeling strong and feminine.
So many stars have been rocking the lesbian do’s lately. Lesbian hair makes a comeback, according to AfterEllen.com http://www.afterellen.com/blog/dorothysnarker/lesbian-hair-makes-a-comeback
Get some super cute lesbian hairstyles on Tumblr...
These haircuts are fabulous. I love the sharp angles, the twisted locks, the sleek looks. "Guy hair" has crossed over into "girl hair" and vice/versa. It pays to have a great stylist, then you can don the do that describes you. This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!
on 08/04/2012 - 11:23 am
When I first heard that Dan Cathy had spoken out against gay marriage I thought, “Wow, what a GOOF head.” I mean, come on. I may be a straight girl from Kentucky, but even I know that this type of rhetoric is going to cause a stir in 2012. This seemingly simple statement, however, caused more of an uproar.
The public showed up in droves at the chicken chain on the day that was declared "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who happens to be a Baptist minister and Fox News talk-show host. It was also a record-setting day for the restaurant financially, which many speculate was a result of intentional marketing directed against the gay community for profit.
Cathy’s statement has driven people to take action, and Atlanta is just the place for such a heated debate. For better or for worse, Chick-fil-A’s headquarters is 15 minutes from the home office of Gayborhood, the advertising company that brought us the Gay Community Yellow Pages. Gayborhood spearheaded the National Same-Sex Kiss Day that took place in front of Chick-fil-A stores, and the CEO of Gayborhood, Marci Alt, has made papers across the country with her petition for Dan Cathy to have dinner with her and her family.
Protesters are not only boycotting the food chain, but actively passing out coupons for chicken from other restaurants. The family-oriented children’s characters, the Berenstain Bears, have decided to end their promotional ties with Chick-fil-A. There has been a lot of banter on the topics of free speech, equal rights and whether people like Chick-fil-A waffle fries. Family values have been been brought directly into the spotlight. The gay youth has been encouraged to come out and embrace their right to protest inequality. It is an incredible time, and I have to wonder if anyone would have guessed that Chick-fil-A would be at the forefront. No pressure, Dairy Queen, but you better have something pretty big up your sleeve.
This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!
on 07/27/2012 - 11:38 pm
GLEE leaves nothing to the imagination, and many parents couldn’t be happier. “They’re going to talk about it anyway,” my conservative sister remarks, “So I guess I’m glad that GLEE brings it up while we’re all sitting together. It helps us break the ice about sexuality, issues my teens are facing at school and where they stand on things.”
What does the show mean for the LGBTQ community? Let’s just say that it is leading the gay-teen revolution on TV. “Kurt” is the openly gay character, paving the way for acceptance across the masses. He says that he can relate to the ridicule that he faces on the set. His high voice and his tendencies towards the effeminate made him an open target for the jocks. Always loving to perform, he admits "I've gone from a theater geek in high school to a theater geek on national television!" For Chris Colfer who plays Kurt, GLEE is a welcome relief. He was never encouraged to express himself, he says, and now he gets the chance to shine like only a true diva can.
A Golden Globe and Peabody Award winner, GLEE has become a worldwide smash. While singlehandedly resurrecting glee clubs everywhere, the musical extravaganza has detailed the experience going through high school gay and chronicled the hardships. The show encourages us to break out and be loud. The shinier the better. Showing little restraint, it is all about being happy with your craziness and celebrating your extraordinary self.
I personally find the show fascinating. it gives a whole new meaning to free expression and showmanship. There is a urge to serve the viewers, gay and straight, with a healthy dose of openness that is sorely needed. If synergy and conflict are the backbones, love is the heart of the show. Hopefully they will never stop pushing the limits of theatrical passion and the right to live out loud!
This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!