Call in "gay" day tomorrow??


Glockster20

Clinging to God and guns
Calling In 'Gay' to Work Is Latest Form of Protest
Monday, December 08, 2008


SAN FRANCISCO — Some same-sex marriage supporters are urging people to "call in gay" Wednesday to show how much the country relies on gays and lesbians, but others question whether it's wise to encourage skipping work given the nation's economic distress.

Organizers of "Day Without a Gay" — scheduled to coincide with International Human Rights Day and modeled after similar work stoppages by Latino immigrants — also are encouraging people to perform volunteer work and refrain from spending money.

Sean Hetherington, a West Hollywood comedian and personal trainer, dreamed up the idea with his boyfriend, Aaron Hartzler, after reading online that a few angry gay-rights activists were calling for a daylong strike to protest California voters' passage last month of Proposition 8, which reversed this year's state Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage.

The couple thought it would be more effective and less divisive if people were asked to perform community service instead of staying home with their wallets shut. Dozens of nonprofit agencies, from the National Women's Law Center in Washington to a Methodist church in Fresno collecting food for the homeless, have posted opportunities for volunteers on the couple's Web site.

"We are all for a boycott if that is what brings about a sense of community for people," said Hetherington, 30, who plans to spend Wednesday volunteering at an inner-city school. "You can take away from the economy and give back in other ways."

Hetherington said he's been getting 100 e-mails an hour from people looking for volunteer opportunities, and that his "Day Without a Gay" Web site has gotten 100,000 hits since mid-November.

Despite Hartzler and Hetherington's attempt to fashion a positive approach, some organizers of the street demonstrations that drew massive crowds in many cities last month have been reluctant to embrace the concept, saying that it could be at best impractical and at worst counterproductive to "call in gay."

"It's extra-challenging for people to think about taking off work as a form of protest, given that we are talking about people who may not be out (as gay) at work, and given the current economic situation and job market," said Jules Graves, 38, coordinator of the Colorado Queer Straight Alliance. "There is really not any assurance employers would appreciate it for what it is."

Graves' group nonetheless is arranging for interested participants to volunteer at the local African Community Center in Denver. The agency said it could find projects to keep 20 people busy, but so far only 10 have pledged to show up, said Graves.

Scott Craig, a fifth-grade teacher at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia, had no problem requesting and being granted the day off. So many of the school's 60 teachers were eager to show support for gay rights they had to make sure enough stayed behind to staff classrooms.

About 25 teachers plan to take Wednesday off and to have their work covered by substitutes while they discuss ways to introduce gay issues to their students and volunteer at the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, Craig said. A letter telling parents why so many teachers would be out went home Monday.

"We want to get the conversation going in the community that gay is not bad," Craig said. "For kids to hear that in a positive light can be life-changing."

Join The Impact, the online community that launched protests last month over the passage of gay marriage bans in California, Florida and Arizona, has urged people to withdraw $80 from their bank accounts Wednesday to demonstrate gays' spending power, and to devote the time they might otherwise spend watching TV or surfing the Internet to volunteer work.

Witeck-Combs Communications, a public relations firm in Washington that specializes in the gay and lesbian market, published a study this year that estimated that gay and lesbian consumers spend $700 billion annually.

Bob Witeck, the firm's chief executive officer, said it would be difficult to measure the success of Wednesday's strike since gay employees occupy so many fields. And rather than suspending all consumer spending for the day, gay rights supporters would have a bigger impact if they devoted their dollars to gay-friendly businesses year-round, Witeck said.

"Our community leaders who are running book stores, newspapers, flower shops, coffee houses, bars and many, many other things are hurting right now, so paying attention to their needs during this hard time is an effective form of activism," he said.

Hetherington said he has been careful to design A Day Without a Gay — he came up with the name after the film "A Day Without a Mexican" and liked it because it rhymed — so no one feels excluded or threatened.

He has specifically urged high school students not to walk out of their classes and assured college students they won't be disloyal to the cause if they go ahead and take their final exams. He also has listed opportunities — ranging from writing letters to members of Congress about federal gay rights legislation to spreading the word about Wednesday on social networking sites — for gay marriage backers who cannot miss work.
 

Glockster20

Clinging to God and guns
Yeah I did notice.... it is in fact the gay capital of the US! Disgusting deviant lifestyle:bad:
 
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gpbarth

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I wonder if they could manage to call in "gay" for the rest of the year, or maybe even for the next 6 months. Hell, I'll even help them promote their protest if they'll promise to take at least 30 days off - in a row. Once people find out that they can do business very nicely without a bunch of fairies swishing around, they'll be happy to give them a permanent holiday. It's incredible that they think they are so important that they can actually alter business. Well, maybe the drag queen shows and the florist shops, but not much else.

For a group that preaches tolerance and diversity, they have a hard time practicing what they preach.
 
Be careful, Glockster....

Yeah I did notice.... it is in fact the gay capital of the US! Disgusting deviant lifestyle:bad:

Believe it or not, a lot of people would call being a gun owner a "disgusting deviant lifestyle". I don't mind any adult in this country living the way that they want, provided that they are not infringing on the rights of others as they do it.

In fact, I believe that the gay community would be a prime outreach target for those espousing the CC way of life. I have a lot less problem with those that want to be in a committed same sex relationship than I do with those who want to take away my right to own and carry a firearm. Just my .02, let the flaming begin!:sarcastic:
 
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gpbarth

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Just one little thought - have you ever seen the gay "parades" in SF? This isn't a bunch of gay people walking down the street holding hands. In most parts of this country, they'd be arrested for indecent exposure at the least, or for public sexual activity.

We're not talking about the gay couple next door who everyone knows are queer, and who live like everyone else in the neighborhood. We're talking perversion. And I can also state personally that I have no problems whatsoever with gays who try to live normally like the rest of us do. And I have no problems with giving them legal rights to share their lives together - AS PARTNERS. If they'd just get off this "marriage" kick, a lot of us would back off, too. But it's like all other excesses - it's the perverts who make the news, and it is them who we "dislike" for lack of a more earthy term.
 

HK4U

New member
Believe it or not, a lot of people would call being a gun owner a "disgusting deviant lifestyle". I don't mind any adult in this country living the way that they want, provided that they are not infringing on the rights of others as they do it.

In fact, I believe that the gay community would be a prime outreach target for those espousing the CC way of life. I have a lot less problem with those that want to be in a committed same sex relationship than I do with those who want to take away my right to own and carry a firearm. Just my .02, let the flaming begin!:sarcastic:

No flaming. You are of course welcome to your oppinion just like the rest of us. However although most of us are on here because we support the second amendment the fact is that most, not all, of us are pretty conservitive in the majority of the issues. That being said most, again not all, of us are against an amoral life style.
 

KimberPB

New member
No flaming. You are of course welcome to your oppinion just like the rest of us. However although most of us are on here because we support the second amendment the fact is that most, not all, of us are pretty conservitive in the majority of the issues. That being said most, again not all, of us are against an amoral life style.


Hmm... Maybe I'll call in straight on Friday!

Hate to tell them but I've been apart of three major companies and involved in 3 different buy outs. One of which I was laid off (and I'm only 27!). It didn't matter how well I did my job or how important I felt I was. When I left there were people lined up with resumes ready to fill my spot. With or without them businesses will find workers and continue on.
 

HK4U

New member
Hmm... Maybe I'll call in straight on Friday!

Hate to tell them but I've been apart of three major companies and involved in 3 different buy outs. One of which I was laid off (and I'm only 27!). It didn't matter how well I did my job or how important I felt I was. When I left there were people lined up with resumes ready to fill my spot. With or without them businesses will find workers and continue on.


Hmm... Maybe I'll call in straight on Friday!

I was thinking the same thing.:lol:
 

toreskha

Titles are un-American.
Hmmm...if I were a business owner and someone "called in gay", I'd tell them that (if they had benefits) they either have to take off a personal day or sick leave, and to pick one or the other, because "calling in gay" is neither of the above, and a stupid reason not to come to work besides.

If they didn't have days to take off, then I guess it would turn into a firing.
 
Hmmm...if I were a business owner and someone "called in gay", I'd tell them that (if they had benefits) they either have to take off a personal day or sick leave, and to pick one or the other, because "calling in gay" is neither of the above, and a stupid reason not to come to work besides.

If they didn't have days to take off, then I guess it would turn into a firing.


Sad part is that if it does turn into a "firing", then you'll get wrapped up in a very ugly and messy lawsuit. They'll claim discrimination due to sexual orientation.



gf
 
Actually.....

Nope. It's more a behavioral disorder.

Homosexuality used to be listed as a mental disorder, but was removed from the official in 1973:

"In 1973, the weight of empirical data, coupled with changing social norms and the development of a politically active gay community in the United States, led the Board of Directors of the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)."

As gpbarth stated earlier, he is not against the gay couple next door trying to live a reasonably normal life, but with the freak show that occurs at some parades. Considering this, shouldn't these couples be allowed to "marry" or "unionize" or whatever they need to do in order to mainstream? It seems that we are punishing those who want to live as we do.

IMHO, I think that maybe the government should get out of the marriage business altogether. If we need some kind of civil recognition, then let the civil union be the one that the government recognizes, and let the church marry its own members. In fact, I believe that is the way it has been until relatively recently in human history. Just a thought (I have so few these days).
 

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