HOW much is the “pink dollar” worth against the “hetero” dollar? What’s the conversion rate and where can these gay dollars be exchanged?
Can you imagine any other minority group being discussed in such divisive economic terms? Would we be comfortable referring to the “black dollar” or the “disabled dollar”?
This imaginary “pink dollar” does not exist. People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex — no quotation marks necessary, by the way — use the same money as the heterosexual population.
While the GLBTI community may have advocacy groups and equal rights lobbyists, it does not have its own dollar and is not separate from the rest of the community.
I am taking this all a bit seriously, I know. The “rainbow community” and the “pink dollar” is effective marketing talk, referring to a tourist market that Tasmanian tourism operators want, well-meaningly, to attract.