{ Update as Promised. . .’Day Without a Gay’ participation spotty…and not surprisingly }

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.

Here are a few of the noteworthy gems, as reported by the Asscoiated Press on apnews.myway.com, and columbianmissourian.com:

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.
Read on for more. . .

{ Calling in ’gay’ to work is the latest form of protest }

Hey!! Calling in gay????

Hey!! Calling in gay????

I am trying not to laugh as I write this post. Talk about going over board and running down the street naked, screaming “look at me!” I was just watching a bit of O’Reilly when across the bottom of the screen, where Fox puts the latest news, comes scrolling some drama about gays calling in to work….no, not calling in sick…..but calling in GAY! They have got to be kidding! Ok, fine, so what…go ahead, stay home from work. It has no effect on me, or on anyone else fighting to protect traditional marriage. Our society will not crumble, the economy will still function (or whatever it’s currently doing), and the cool Asian lady at Mr. T’s Doughnuts (the best doughnuts in the world) will still make doughnuts on Wednesday. Seriously, I say, go for it. I can’t knock anyone for not going to work. I’m one of those people who thinks that calling in sick can most definitely mean, “I’m sick…sick of work,” and that it totally counts as a legitimate excuse for not showing up. Hey…it got me through 4 years of working at The Home Depot when I was in college. Just call me the return’s desk queen….So, back to this gay anti-work situation…..

I don’t understand why they think anyone cares. First of all, when I screamed out that I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at the bottom of the TV screen, as my Mom just said, “No one thinks they don’t do anything.” That is one of the alleged reasons for this whole deal…to show society how much homosexuals contribute. They do contribute a lot of good, I think many people will agree on that. However, the gay rights agenda and gay-rights activists have done a lot of damage and are working on even more destruction as we speak. So it’s not that people think gays don’t contribute, it’s that we think they contribute too much of the wrong things and have too much of a negative, destructive and to be frank, disgusting, impact on society, marriages, families, children, education, morality, politics and values…just to name a few.

It only took me about 2 seconds to pull up numerous articles about this coming Wednesday’s impending “call-in gay” charade. The opposition is so full of crazy antics, they definitely keep things lively and news reporters in their jobs. Here’s the low-down on the latest gay rights “look at me” project, as reported on Boston Hearld.com.

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.

I think that when and when not to spend money and when and when not to volunteer, is kind of a personal thing, and falls into the I-can-make-my-own-decisions-with-out-gay-rights-activists-telling-me-what-to-do category.  I guess they must assume that all of their supporters like to be told what to do. Not only are they supposed to ditch work, but then they are expected to spend all day volunteering and also not spend any money on say, food, mani’s and pedi’s and other necessities. So all of you who plan to participate, make sure your electric and gay bills are paid before their Wednesday due date, get your Chinese take-out the night before and you have one more day to research where you be most effective donating your volunteer hours that would otherwise be spend at work.  I also find it interesting that the organizers are trying to usurp some sympathy by modeling their protest after those of racial minority groups. Calling in ‘gay’ is hardly the same thing. In addition, gays arent’ supposed to go to work, or spend money because we as heterosexual America are supposed to “wake-up” and recognize the vast and immeasurable contribution they make in the work place and to the financial market, as if they alone will make or break America’s economy? The organizers of this “protest” seem to be way off the mark on this one.

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.

So what the study is saying, is that more gay people spend money, then vote? Proposition 8 passed in California, so the no-voters were the minority, and not all of the no votes were from homosexuals. So of the 48% of no votes, how many were actually from gay voters? Don’t get me wrong, my little editorial piece here, or rather, as it seems to be turning into, a rant, isn’t against gay people, I’m speaking more of the Seth and Aaron, who brainstormed this protest. I’m curious to see how it all pans out on Wednesday. Should my hubby and I sell all of our stocks tomorrow before the gay call-in causes all of the retail corporations to crash on Wednesday? Can gay rights activists really make a significant dent in the current economic situation, enough to make the rest of America stop and take pause to appreciate their social contributions?

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.

Just because some food banks have responded to some offers for volunteers, doesn’t in any way mean that the Methodist church in Fresno is supporting the gay agenda now. I can’t speak for them, but generally, people who need volunteers aren’t all that picky. Volunteer organizations usually accept help whenever they can get it, and especially a church collection food for the homeless at Christmas…..of course they need help. I will be waiting to see just how my band-wagon theory turns out on Wednesday. Read the rest here…