Impacts of Economic Injustice on Vulnerable LGBTQ Communities: Conference

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Fri Jan 23, 2015 - 5:00am EST to Sat Jan 24, 2015 - 5:00am EST
The Joseph S. Murphy Institute
New York, NY
United States
Economists have noted that the 2008 global economic crisis has created not a temporary recession, but a rearranging of the global economy that will impact us for decades to come. For LGBTQ communities, not only has the impact of the economic crisis been particularly severe, but also an analysis of the effects of the recession on LGBTQ communities is largely lacking.
This invisibility of the impact of the 2008 economic downturn on LGBTQ communities supports the absence of economic justice issues in the current LGBTQ movement, an absence which maintains the myth of LGBT wealth rather than conveying the reality of class and race as it meets sexual orientation and gender identity in the majority of queer lives.
“Invisible Lives, Targeted Bodies” is a two-day conference that will bring together organizers, scholars, activists, and community members to discuss overlooked and often invisible economic justice issues at the intersections of class, race, gender, immigration, non-traditional families, sexuality, and the law. Four panels will focus on the intersections of the following issues in LGBTQ community space:
  • LGBTQ/queer community members overview of our vulnerable communities & members
  • immigration, the state, and transnational flows of labor
  • low wage & precarious workers; a panel to examine the invisibility of the many queer people working in industries like retail, restaurants, or health care that offer long hours, low wages, and very few work protections and the impact of their sexual identities in the workplace.
  • gender, sexuality, HIV status, drug risk (including hormone use), and an expansive vision of reproductive justice and health.
  • Conversations will combat the invisibility and stereotype of queerness by shifting the void of information about queer economic realities, making space for the most affected community members; queer immigrants, LGBTQ communities of color, queer workers, HIV+ queer people, queer elders and youth, non-traditional LGBTQ families.
Our goal with “Invisible Lives, Targeted Bodies” is to bring together and educate community members and ally organizations to build movement possibilities in the face of economic crisis and queer marginalization. The conference ultimately will advance the concerns of poor and low-income LGBTQ people by making visible queer economic realities.