Friday Forum: How Are You Surviving The Global Financial Apocalypse?

hoboIt’s that time of the week, when Queerty takes a break from the opinion-making and puts you, the readers, in charge. Each Friday, we invite you to be the pundit on a hot-button question facing the LGBT community and its allies. As always, we expect people to be respectful and considerate of others by refraining from personal attacks. We present the information, you make the decision.

With Iceland’s economy and government in ruins, the nation has turned to a lesbian, Johanna Sigurdardottir, to get the nation out of its mess. Closer to home, The Labor Department reported on Thursday that jobless claims rose by 159,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 4.78 million, the most since the government began keeping track in 1967. And while Obama’s economic stimulus plan hopes to pump more than three-quarters of a trillion dollars into the market through tax rebates, school redevelopment and state financing, we are in the midst of a deep, cold recession, with some economists claiming that we are teetering on a depression.

We want to know how the Global Financial Crisis has affected you? Gays and lesbians famously have more discretionary spending than their straight counterparts, but have you tightened the belt in recent months or have you taken advantage of the clearance sales and discounts? What strategies are you employing to take care of your own wallet? Do you have confidence that Obama’s plan will fix the problem or have you started hoarding cash under your platform bed?

We put it to you: How are you surviving the Global Financial Apocalypse?