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Poll: Gay men take twice as many holidays

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  1. Not news.

    Its the power of the disposable income of the pink pound.

    1. Spanner1960 6 Aug 2012, 1:48pm

      Like “astounding information”.
      It’s also the fact that gay men don’t have to drag a housewife and a herd of rugrats to Mykonos every year.

      1. GingerlyColors 6 Aug 2012, 7:46pm

        Let the families go to Butlins instead. I wonder how many gay people use Butlins or Pontins? Not many I think, but maybe Warners which cater exclusively for adults could court the Pink Pound.

    2. Goes to show Gay and Pink Pound refer only to some gay men, and very few L or T people, although none of you here seem to have the awareness to make realise that.

      Its 35 years since my last holiday, per se. A week in Dorset with my partner of the time and our cat.

      Having to visit all those overseas hotspots must be terribly expensive. I wonder how much is from “disposable income” and how much on the plastic? You have my sympathy…

      1. “You have my sympathy…”

        FFS get a life and quit the moaning at others for having one!

  2. Dan Filson 6 Aug 2012, 10:30am

    Perhaps it shows gay people lie when it comes to describing their lifestyles!

    1. I’m with you, Dan. If this is poll of gay people in the UK, then the part about San Francisco is obviously a lie as to insult the intelligence.

  3. Craig Nelson 6 Aug 2012, 11:34am

    Not sure you can generalise from gaydar

  4. Makes sense.

    Gay men are far less likely to have children than the natonal average – therefore the money we earn is our own to spend as we want.

  5. Because we can!!!

    1. …and we’re work it!!!

  6. Wow, really? The last holiday I had abroad was ’96.
    I’m thinking i’m probably overdue for one…

    1. Spanner1960 6 Aug 2012, 1:49pm

      I thought mine was bad, mine was 2000…
      That said, I bloody hate travelling, and lying on some beach somewhere is my idea of hell.

      1. “lying on some beach somewhere is my idea of hell.”

        That’s *one* type of holiday, there are many others, most broaden ones intellect and experience of other cultures and peoples…. and help keep educate somewhat those with silly racists ideas.

  7. I’ve had one holiday in the last fifteen years, and that was as a supervisor on a school trip. Certainly doesn’t seem to be my experience of things. Then again I don’t really have anybody to go with, so it’s a moot point.

    Though, how did they find these 2000 odd gay men? Surely the method they used for tracking them down would have considerably skewed their result.

  8. Bit of a non-story, PN.

    There are surely more important things to report on. Some news about the oppression of LGBT people in Iran and Saudi Arabia would be welcome. Those fascist regimes need to be exposed for what they are doing to us and others.

    The LGBT news borders do not stop at the edge of our island.

    1. Hardly a fair criticism; they are reporting what a high proportion of gays might need repatriation and stuff whilst abroad. And it boosts their ability to sell travel advertising, doesn’t it!

  9. the national average is 2 holidays per year? Im lucky if I can manage one …

  10. “The gay community” in the instance appears to mean the gay scene. Still, I suppose gay men who’re not part of the scene are rather hard to track down for a poll.

    1. Spanner1960 6 Aug 2012, 7:00pm

      First rule of the gay community: There is no gay community.

      1. (“The gay community” – as if there’s just one – is a particular bugbear of mine.)

      2. You’ve mentioned this point before and I have to disagree with.

        1. Oh? On what ground? Seems to me talk of communities, once you go further than online ones, or local ones where people genuinely cohere together, is just multiculturalism-speak. You never heard it until some self-promoters started claiming to be able to deliver communication as leaders with some minorities that politicians thought weren’t really British and they didn’t know how to talk with. Which really was an abrogation of their responsibilities to make sure they communicated with the everyone.

          Now we have ILGA claiming to speak for every LGBTIQ person across all of Europe to the EU, exclusively, and being funded on that basis. And Stonewall (who aren’t in any way democratic or plugged into localities, and don’t mention any of TIQ) being the only people talking to many parts of UK government.

          Really, all the diversities have very many communities – never just one – with sometimes competing or even contradicting interests, and then there are a lot of individual people.

  11. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Aug 2012, 1:43pm

    Were those polled in the UK? I suspect it’s probably America, but is this really newsworthy?

  12. It’s not news, no. Nor is it surprising. PN reports on a wide variety of subjects of interest to GLBT people. Not everything in any newspaper would be considered ‘news’. If a story like this doesn’t interest you don’t read it.

  13. Suddenly Last Bummer 6 Aug 2012, 3:02pm

    That’s cause the majority of us aren’t tied down with snot nosed kids or restricted to travelling only at school holiday times. Now where’s that survey indicating rain falling down and not up?

  14. How do they work that out….a gay guy living alone has the double expense of outgoings….just because we dont have kids don’t make it any cheaper….

    1. Spanner1960 6 Aug 2012, 7:10pm

      No, but the other factor is that on average, gay men earn more than straight men.

      And don’t shoot the messenger, that was demonstrated in statistics commissioned by the Treasury.

    2. are you sure? Kids do cost a lot of money – they are constantly growing out of their clothes, you have to buy more food, you have to have a bigger home meaning more mortgage, more council tax, higher electricity bills, higher water bills, money spent on toys and entertainment, school uniforms, school trips etc ….

      kids are expensive.

      1. But at least, compared to pets, the health care is covered by the NHS…

    3. Yes, but well over half the gay men I know are in long-term relationships and therefore have double-income households which, being childless, allows them a very high proportion of disposable income.

  15. Aryu Gaetu 8 Aug 2012, 9:58am

    This is a no brainer. It’s not so much gays vs straight as it is DINKs (Dual Income, No Kids) vs Breeders.

    The entire cruise ship industry is based on parents escaping their children, and Gays escaping their parents.

  16. I go on one holiday a year. Of course, being in Australia, that’s all I can afford. It costs too much to get out of this country.

  17. Fr. Mike Donaghy 21 Aug 2012, 12:59am

    Woo, as a priest I rarely get the chance to go on a holiday. But I’m glad the Pink Pound has influence.

    Of course I can’t have kids, but I would if I was not celibate and had another man as a partner.

    When will R/C priests be able to marry another guy? Long after I’m dead – sob sob! Mike.

  18. Carl Rowlands 23 Aug 2012, 6:17pm

    I am absolutely delighted that I finally fit in somewhere!

  19. Does anyone believe that the men who respond to gaydar poll are any more honest about how many holidays they take than they are about the size of their ‘manhood’ or their age?

  20. turrd burglarrs 5 Oct 2012, 5:06pm

    Proof that the dvints are pleasure seeking hedonists.
    Did you know that gay men are 50 times more rone to AIDS?

  21. Gay men have more money, right? Gay male couples in one household without kids, possibly self employed, will be able to take quite a few holidays and buy fancy things as they grow older. (us twenty somethings are unemployed and poor, mind)

    Politicians are increasingly thinking of ways to drive up tourism, and they’re realising the reprocussions of the international LGBT community feeling unwelcome or threatened. People sticking rainbow flags everywhere to desperately prove to LGBT they are safe, hotels advertising as “gay friendly”, totally cashing in on gay marraige before it was even passed through commons (saw a virgin travel billboard advertising gay honeymoons)

    I think more and more countries are trying to cash in on us, while avoiding dealing with actual issues like discrimination in law, schools, work, housing, and of course ignoring the many international countries that would take our cash but burn us at a stake if they only knew the truth…

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