Ok folks, here’ s the latest report on the ‘Day Without a Gay’ that was scheduled to take place today, with all gays, lesbians, bi’s and the like, calling in ‘gay’ an taking the day off work to “volunteer” and not spend any money. They were hoping this protest would show the country how much the gay community contributes to society, and it “was designed to demonstrate the economic clout of same-sex marriage supporters following the passage of voter-approved gay marriage bans in California, Arizona and Florida last month.”
Although hundreds of thousands of people across the nation had expressed interest in “calling in gay,” the reality of “Day Without a Gay,” an event to protest the recent passing of Proposition 8 in California, proved to be more lackluster than the Facebook event predicted.
Kolieboi, the co-founder of Queer People of Color at MU, chose not to participate because he feels that it would be unjust to expect all economic classes to be able to participate in a day off from work.
“I think it’s very, very classist,” Kolieboi said. “Not only because we’re in an economic depression, but not all gay people are able to participate in it.”
Kolieboi added: “It’s not a day without gays, it’s really a day without pay.” He pointed out that two California men of a different socio-economic class than himself started the event, and Kolieboi thinks that the event does not take into account the many ways that people can classify themselves.
“It’s indicative of where the white LGBT community is at,” Kolieboi said. “They’re expecting people to do this just because they’re gay; this is ignoring their other identities.”
I think he makes some great points. Just because people are gay, doesn’t mean they are down for loosing money, alienating their friends and co-workers and participating in an effort that comes from a group with an agenda they may not personally agree with.
“Visibility is really important for the gay community, so after a lot of thought I decided I would come out and be visible with my colleagues at work and use the time working for the community,” said Carrie Lewis, 36, a University of California health researcher who spent the day working at the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center.
First of all, of course this lady volunteered and took the day off, she works for a CA University, so there were likely no problems with her supporting this gay day cause. As we already know, public schools are all over this stuff.
In San Francisco’s gay Castro district, several residents and merchants said they endorsed the cause but did not think a work stoppage or spending boycott was practical, given the poor economy and how quickly the strike was organized.
“My employers have always been there in every possible way. I didn’t feel comfortable discomfiting them when they have gone out of their way to be there for me,” said Paul Ellis, 51, a manager at Cliff’s Variety hardware store.
“If we are going to make a huge impact and not be laughed at, then we have to take the time and make the time to communicate with all the parties. We could have shut down a lot of the hotels,” Lang said. “In theory it’s a great idea, but it’s being done wrong and now that it’s been done wrong, I don’t think it will be done again.”
Backers of “Day Without a Gay” organized evening rallies in San Francisco, Austin, Tex. and other cities so supporters could gather to discuss the next steps. Rallies also were held earlier Wednesday on several college campuses in California.
“The movement that fought for equality and succeeded in electing Obama president is really looking to make progressive gains now,” said Mark Airgood, who used a personal day to take off from his job as a middle school teacher in Berkeley. “I think we really can, and I think this is an important day for that.”
So there you have it. Teachers are employed by the State of CA and of course they took the day off. Sorry everyone, the news on this gay day thing isn’t all that exciting. It seems the protest was kind of a dud. Again, I make the point of why didn’t the gay activists attempt to organize themselves in this way before the passage of prop 8. Dr. Larua says that if you don’t speak up, you forfeit the right to complain later. There were reports of “dozens” protesting in rallies in Arizona, and “20-30” people skipping work in Bakersfield, CA. Not that impressive if you ask me. I really hope that this marginal show of support means that some gay people are ok going about their own business and don’t feel it necessary do corrupt all of society and indoctrinate everyone with the gay agenda.