Year of Graduation
Models of financial management in same-sex couples
Faculty of Sociology
In contemporary Russia the issue of homosexual people is extremely urgent as they are being discriminated on the grounds of their sexual orientation. Russian society is avoiding any discussions or disputes of the issue therefore multiplying misunderstandings between the homosexual, the traditionally orientated and the authorities, which creates misleading stereotypes. The laws that are adopted by the authorities substantially reduce the number of rights of homosexuals, which the latter find terribly unfair. In our country so far there have been very few studies carried out concerning this issue, which is now preventing our society from progressing. Such lack of studies in this sphere has caused lack of knowledge of the everyday routine of the homosexual pairs, as well as their financial management, and this is vividly demonstrated by the growing need of such a study. The main target of my papers is to investigate a wide range of financial models used by homosexual pairs. Besides what also seems crucial is the attitude of homosexuals towards the legalization of same-sex marriages in Russia. Via qualitative analysis of the guided interviews with 19 homosexual couples (both male and female) I have tried and deepened the knowledge of their routine focusing on their financial management models. In my work I have achieved the following results:· The respondents interviewed were mainly using three models of financial management: independent management, shared management pooling system and partial pool;· The motives and causes of choosing a model, named by the respondents, were numerous. Here are some of them: difference in partners’ incomes, difference in partners’ work schedules, individual patterns, habits, etc;· Each of the interviewed homosexual tends to feel and make his/her partner feel equal regardless of the income;· In the pairs interviewed there seemed to be no prescribed gender roles;· Pairs’ finances do not seem to intertwine with partners’ other routines;· The practice of gay marriage the respondents regard necessary, for example, for the settlement of inheritance rights, social security, children of adoption.