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"Day Without a Gay" — Push For Rights Picks Up

"Day Without a Gay" — Push For Rights Picks Up

Gay people around the US want to literally call attention to the restrictions of their rights, and they've organized Day Without a Gay to do so. On Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, gay workers are being encouraged to “call in gay” to work, and spend their time volunteering instead.

Since multiple states passed same-sex marriage bans last month, the push for gay rights awareness has picked up. A recent article in Newsweek made a sophisticated argument for gay marriage, using the Bible itself as supporting evidence. To see part of that argument,


The Newsweek piece explains that neither scripture, nor Jesus, ever addressed the issue of same-sex marriage. Making a religious case for gay marriage, the article continues:

The practice of inclusion, even in defiance of social convention, the reaching out to outcasts, the emphasis on togetherness and community over and against chaos, depravity, indifference — all these biblical values argue for gay marriage.

Do you think creative advocacy, such as citing the Bible as support, taking the day off work, or the celebrity-filled Prop. 8 — The Musical, could have helped prevent the passing of Prop. 8?

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I really dont think any employer will give a rip about it, as long as the person has the time.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Oh Lord are you F'ing kidding me? Until other homosexuals start paying my bills I'm going to work honey.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
this is a great idea and its already received attention (at least on here). so along with may day, I'd say both have been/will be effective.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
I think people are commenting on it, as that is the question in the post. I think it is great to see people stand up for what they believe in, but if we can discuss ways that it could be effective and help achieve their goal, that is great as well.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
*standing up for what they believe in. dont you just love the "edit" button??
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Why is it so hard for people to see that they are STANDING UP for they believe in. Whether it will be effective or not they are doing whatever they can to show people that they aren't backing down!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Yes, they saved some money by shutting down for one day, but they also lost some money by being closed one day. If the movement was successful enough to actually get businesses to completely shut down for one day, I would call it effective.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Haha True Song, I was wondering about that. I think it's usually a bad idea to equate being gay with being sick. Also, I would be careful with calling in sick while not actually being ill. I doubt employers would take being mislead kindly.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
ha ha i think that it is a statement that they were able to make it a holiday, obviously they make enough revenue to close the entire day, so they must be doing something right
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
TS the employers saved money by shutting down for the day, lessening their effects. Therefore leaving the work for those that took the day off until the next day. Most of the employers that did this, did so because they sympathized with the immigrants more than anything.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I would say if the businesses actually had to shut down for a day, they were effective. Even though it sounds good that everyone got to take a holiday, but that's a day they were closed and not making money.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
...CALL IN Unemployed
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I think protesting is different from these sick outs. I don't think that the immigrant one did anything for them, and I don't think this is going to do much for the gay community, but hey, what the heck. I live in an immigrant heavy area in California. When they planned their "day without an immigrant" most of the business that hire them just shut down for the day. They all took a holiday, so it wasn't effective. Secondly, the immigrant situation is different. The reason they had their day was because people want them to leave. I don't think many people want gays to leave (except in some very religious towns aforementioned on citizen) so, to me it is different. Third- If I had a hair appointment, dental appointment etc on the 10th and they canceled on me, I would not go to them anymore. I just personally hate when people reschedule me last minute, but then will charge me if I have to do the same. So they may want to think about that before going through with this. And for the record, I used to work for Cigna and Walt Disney has the great coverage for the GLBT community. They do offer same sex coverage but also cover transgender sex operations and treatments.
em1282 em1282 8 years
:rotfl: TS!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Well, some people believe being gay is a sickness. So from their perspective, gays can call in any day! "Sorry, can't come in today. Still gay!"
imroyalti imroyalti 8 years
I think this is a great idea. Persistance is key to overcoming any challenge. I support any non-violent act that helps get the message across.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
'This is just as stupid as the day in May when all the illegal immigrants don't go to work.' Then I'm sure you would also agree this is just as stupid as the March for Life in D.C. every January. Same thing, and I think its great that people who really believe in something protest in a non-violent way.
zeze zeze 8 years
As far a practical purposes, I don't think it is that effective...I mean no one is gonna miss you that much for a day, maybe some exceptions, but for the most part no one will care too much. a STATEMENT - it is a strong one, it lets people know there is anger about the level of rights and that gay people are members of your everyday society and want those same rights you have.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
stupid for YOU. You're not fighting for something you believe in. If you were maybe you'd do something (anything) for it.
em1282 em1282 8 years
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
This is just as stupid as the day in May when all the illegal immigrants don't go to work.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I liked the Newsweek article a lot, some great points were made. As for the protest, its up to the individual to make the choice to take the day off sick and participate. If they feel their employer would judge them harshly they don't do it, if the employer is tolerant then they will probably support them especially during this slow time before the holidays. I commend anyone that takes a stand for what they believe in.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
"If I was someone like WDW that relied heavily on someone, and they decided this was more important than their job, then I'd give them all the time they needed to focus on this issue, but don't expect to work for me when you're done." Wow you make the fight for equality in legal marriage rights (and anti discriminatory laws) sound like a trip to Disneyland or a day shopping at Saks. Also I don't think most people are going to say why they taking a day off, they're just going to take a sick day off. If someone is in their limit of sick days and follows policy then you would have to give other reason for firing them.
stephley stephley 8 years
Dave, don't give up your day job to become a protest leader - it would be silly to schedule a second sick out day quickly if your first fell flat. But in the case of a gay day, I don't really think that would happen.
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