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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Wednesday, Dec. 10th, A Day Without Gays

On Wedneday, December 10 — International Human Rights Day — gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and their allies are encouraged to turn off their computers, shut down their businesses, and call in "gay" for work. Participants are also asked to refrain from making purchases or spending money in any way, so as not to contribute to the economy.

In the wake of Prop 8 passing and the subsequent worldwide protests, "A Day Without Gays" is designed as a national day of protest to show our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that they can deny us our rights, but we can deny them our labor and hit back where it hurts, the economy.

Organizers of this action are asking people to not only sit out of work, school, etc but to get involved with your local GLBT organization, or to protest against marriage inequality.

However, some gay-rights activists are concerned that skipping work and not spending money is a bad idea given the sad state of the economy.

What will you be doing tomorrow???


Geek Porn Girl said...

Well, in the morning I'm going to work. It's hard not to since I work in an HIV/AIDS support services agency and the majority of our staff and clients are gay, gay gay. (Ya'll can come volunteer at our place on your gay day off, okay?) But then I'm going to my 12-year-old's orchestra concert. His group is playing for middle-school kids from all over the county, which is very cool. After that I'm taking the day off... not to be gay, per se, but to be a gay mom. I'm going to try not to spend any money, but I might have to get gas.

Laughing Fawn said...

I have the opinion that people didn't think this one through. I am a single mom, lesbian, business owner and right now a day without revenue is hard. I also live in Utah. I feel this move is as silly as those who proposed to boycott Utah over prop 8. There are innocent people, gay and straight that are affected. Live well. Don't throw fits. If you want people to know the effects of gays on the community, live OUT. Contribute openly and keep doing it. Be a positive force for change. One day without shopping and working might be an inconvenience for some, but I doubt it will send the message that we want. Peace


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