AFFLUENCE AND CAREERS:
Our life achievements and career successes -- / Looking back and ahead -- were these/will these be -- meaningful /what were the difficulties and the disappointments that arose and how have we managed them?
Brief introductions, Brief Opening Comments, Small Group facilitated Discussions, Return to the Full Group for final comments and personal interaction
SOME QUESTIONS FOR OUR DISCUSSIONS:
How do you define affluence? How does your definition of affluence fit with respect to median household incomes? How do you think the gay community defines affluence? Median incomes: U.S.: $50,502; California: $57,287; San Francisco: $71,975
What does "success" in a career mean? How can it be achieved? What have been our good and not-so-good decisions in pursuing success? How does being gay affect our career choices? What are the responsibilities that come with success and how can we to handle them?
Changing values over the course of our lives:
What are the goals and intentions we have and had in our lives? Where do careers and affluence fit -- or not?
Is maturing different for gays and straights?
Should we be "out" or "not" at work"?
What about dating fellow employees -- and are the standards different for gays and straights?
As a gay man, how do you feel our financial obligations are different from those of our straight peers of comparable background? How about our financial priorities such as how we spend our income? What are our financial duties, if any, to give back to the gay community?
What are the challenges of dating across income brackets versus within our own income bracket? Do you see any prevailing trends in income disparities within gay relationships?
How does income play into society's and own notions of the masculine bread winner stereotype?