by Manohla Dargis
Seventy-five years ago in Fascist Italy, a group of gay men were labelled "degenerate", expelled from their homes and interned on an island. They were held under a prison regime - but some found life in the country's first openly gay community a liberating experience.
"I think people are surprised there are any poor gay people," says M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and research director for The Williams Institute, a national think tank at UCLA Law School that researches sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. "This 'myth of gay affluence' has been around for a long time. It gets in the way of people even imagining that LGBT people can be poor."
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