A misguided notion that gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender identified individuals
constituted a demographic that possessed substantial wealth emerged in the early 1990s. Since
this time, scholars have conducted randomized, representative research indicating that LGBT
incomes are comparable to, if not lower than their heterosexual counterparts. While most LGBT
organizations, both mainstream and progressive, have critiqued the myth of affluence among
their communities, organizational agendas and practices often times continue to perpetuate this
stereotype. These trends in giving have contributed to a problem among LGBT organizations
which some have coined “homonormativity,” a term Lisa Duggan defines as “a privatized,
depoliticized gay culture anchored in domesticity and consumption” (Duggan 2003, 50).
Nelson, Erika. Gay for Pay: The Role of Philanthropy in Upholding Homonormative Nonprofit Agendas in LGBT Advocacy Organizations
professional paper in the partial fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy degree requirement
Gay for Pay: The Role of Philanthropy in Upholding Homonormative Nonprofit Agendas in LGBT Advocacy Organizations.
Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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