STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM, STILL HERE? – The Lack of Financial Support in the Black/Latino Gay Community
Think about it, there is a shortage of quality gay-oriented media, music, websites, organizations, events, festivals, etc. Talk to anyone behind the creation of the previously mentioned ventures and they will tell you that when it comes to getting financial support for gay Black/Latin themed work, it’s beyond an uphill battle.
According to an analysis by Witeck-Combs Communications and Packaged Facts, the estimated buying power of the entire American LGBT community in the year 2010 was $743 billion. Yes, billion with a “B”. With that kind of financial power, the gay community could start its own welcoming versions of discriminatory organizations like The Boy Scouts of America as Octavius Williams has argued in the past.
Even more impressive, the local black community banded together in order to ensure the boycott would last. Carpool services were created to help get boycotters to work or school. Black taxi drivers lowered their fares to a flat fee of 10 cents, the cost of bus fare at the time. Homemade food was sold at mass boycott meetings with 100% of the proceeds going to lengthen the efforts. It was an extremely impressive coordinated endeavor for a just cause.
You can do your part by keeping your nude images private and stop the petty behavior in the forums. The public nude images only make it harder for us to survive financially because we have to hire people to do nothing but review images and that is very costly. Reducing porn ads means reducing our revenue potential as well so if you guys want to see less porn ads, you should start following the rules.”
The BGCLive members apparently did not “follow the rules.” Four years later, porn advertising is even more integrated into the website than it was before. Can we blame them? The operators of the website are providing a service to gay men for free (for the most part, some members pay for “premium membership access”), how else can they keep it operational?
Why just a few quick bucks and why hopefully, though? The YouTube channel for Nova Novus Productions, which brings us Drama Queenz, has over 8,000 subscribers and over 1.1 million views. The show is well written, acted, shot and edited with single episodes getting well over 100,000 views.Considering those numbers (more math), if only half of their subscribers gave $5.00 each to fund another few episodes, that would be over $20,000. Not a Hollywood budget but definitely a good start and it would be content made “for us” and “by us”, so to speak. So again, I ask why a successful guy like Dane Joseph would say “hopefully?” The answer is possibly deeper in the numbers.
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