Most Same-Sex Couples With Kids Can’t Afford Dolce & Gabbana
The people Dolce & Gabbana’s targeted in their recent anti-IVF slur, same-sex couples who are raising children, are half as likely to be able to afford the luxury brand’s clothing as heterosexual couples.
Married or partnered LGBT individuals living in two-adult households and raising children are twice as likely as non-LGBT individuals in the same situation to report household incomes near the poverty line, 2013 data from The Williams Institute shows.
The Italian luxury designer is in a tight spot after upsetting stars such as Ricky Martin, Victoria Beckham and Courtney Love, who have spoken out in support of the hashtag started on Instagram by Elton John, #BoycottDolceGabbana. John started a celebrity-fueled online movement Sunday night to boycott Dolce & Gabbana after the two designers called children conceived via IVF “synthetic children.” (John and his partner have two kids conceived from IVF.)
Though John has likely amassed a following of wealthy and influential people who might be able to use their power to boycott D&G, same-sex couples with children are less likely overall to be wealthy enough to buy luxury fashions. Hundreds of tweets Monday in reaction to the high-end celebrity kerfuffle reflected the Williams Institute data, such as these:
I #BoycottDolceGabbana as a) IVF for gay/straight couples is a wonderful thing & b) I can't afford them. £2K for jacket?! £30 at M&S.
— Rae Earl (@RaeEarl) March 15, 2015
Does not being able to afford something in the first place constitute a boycott? #BoycottDolceGabbana
— Curtis M. Wong (@c_wong79) March 16, 2015
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