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‘Calling In Gay’ – Latest Prop 8 Protest

More from the “love that dare not speak its name” via their tireless cheerleaders at the Associated Press:

Calling In ‘Gay’ to Work Is Latest Form of Protest

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…

“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.” …

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…

Will they insist on being paid anyway? (Rhetorical question.)

Organizers of “Day Without a Gay” — scheduled to coincide with International Human Rights Day and modeled after similar work stoppages by Latino immigrants…

Remember that day when the whole nation ground to a halt because no illegal aliens showed up for work?

Actually, we do — because it was weirdly just like any other day.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

24 Responses to “‘Calling In Gay’ – Latest Prop 8 Protest”

  1. BillK

    From a supportive AP:

    Calling In ‘Gay’ to Work Is Latest Form of Protest

    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…

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,464024,00.html

    Why no, there’s no indoctrination of students, none at all.

    Remember, teachers are professionals who only care about the kids.

  2. proreason

    How about a “lifetime without a gay” movement.

  3. Liberals Demise

    This is where I get sick of them (QUEERS) cramming their bedroom antics in my face in broad daylight.
    This is above and beyond any and all rights provided to you by law. Where is it written that it is your absolute right to cram your queerness in our faces? Where is it written that it is your right to trample MY rights? That is all I can handle from you sick, vile people!! I am putting you right next to lawyers and I “L-O-A-T-H-E” lawyers. What a bunch of whinny cry babies and sad sacks!!!

  4. Can we have a “layoff a lesbian” day instead?

  5. 12 Gauge Rage

    My wife has always said that you can be 100% sincere in what you believe in and still be wrong. This is a classic example of showing idealistic support for the wrong cause.

  6. GuppyNblue

    I know how futile this suggestion is but I’ll throw it out there anyway. How about a day when all straight white Christians take off? How about a whole week? Could you imagine what impact that would have? God I would love to see that kind of solidarity on our part.

  7. Reality Bytes

    “Brring – Brring – Bring”

    RB, Inc. Can I help you?

    Yes, RB? This is Josh. I’m sorry I can’t come to work today, I’m calling in Gay.”

    That’s OK, Josh. Take all the time you need. Oh and Josh?”

    “Yes, RB?”.

    “You’re fired.”

  8. Lipstick on a PIAPS

    Gosh, what a wonderful opportunity to get rid of the Gays in the workplace. Especially in this ACORNOMIC times, I believe you will find about 20 or 30 Straight people to take their place! So take the rest of your careers off Gays. And have a nice life! LMAO

  9. U NO HOO

    Why don’t gays just wear green on Thursday like the old days?

  10. Lipstick on a PIAPS

    Because then you wont let the world know just how PI$$ED OFF you are! LMAO When gays are angry then I’m happy. When Gays are happy then I’m Angry. Funny how that works. ;-)

  11. U NO HOO

    Just for the record, I don’t hate gays, or muslims, or [name a group], just the radical wackos from a group.

  12. Liberals Demise

    I’ll take the gays place if you disinfect the work area first. I have to think hygene, the last thing I need is to break out in a Show Tune mid way through my first day at work!!

  13. Kilmeny

    Well, now at least you no longer have to guess whether that cute guy in Accounting is gay or just a snappy dresser.

  14. The Redneck

    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…

    So they’re going to show how difficult it is to get by without queers… but someone’s going to cover all their work for them.

    Maybe THEY need to understand we can get by just fine without them.

    This is above and beyond any and all rights provided to you by law. Where is it written that it is your absolute right to cram your queerness in our faces? Where is it written that it is your right to trample MY rights?

    When I was a kid, my Pa and I considered entering a “Big-Titted Asian Contortionist Nymphomaniacs” float in the local parade, hopefully close to the “gay pride” float. After all, if they can announce who they want to screw to the entire world, why can’t we?

  15. 11ten1775

    “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.”

    Are we supposed to think they’re brave? That this is so risky? Oooh, “There is really not any assurance…” They have the entire media in their back pocket telling the world how significant this is.
    Imagine a young Marine trying to call in “gay.” Now THAT would be gutsy… and stupid.

  16. The Redneck

    Just like people who slander Christianity are “brave”, 11-ten.

    Remember when Jesse Ventura made his asinine comments about how Christianity is a ‘crutch’, and the entire MSM went into raptures about how brave he was for taking on “the religious right?”

  17. Icarus

    same-sex marriage supporters are urging people to “call in gay”

    So are they like…. finally admitting that it is a sickness!

    Idiots!

  18. Barbie

    What about the unfortunate straight person who calls in with an honest case of the flu… Afterall, HR can’t release (to my understanding) why a person is not at work. It seems rather silly – the only person who would really know is HR, and they can’t tell, so your co–worker might have the flu or might be gay. This protest seems rather pointless and silly and, frankly, immature, whiny and well, it’s so gay… hahaha

  19. Barbie

    p.s. here’s s suggestion for all: stop defining yourself by your sexuality. Really, is this the only claim to individuality that gays have? Why?

  20. VMAN

    I have got to agree. A lifestyle that is defined around how you have sex. Hey guys and gals get an anatomy chart it’s pretty simple this goes here not there.

  21. BillK

    From a depressed AP:

    ‘Call in Gay’ to Work Day Draws Few Participants

    AN FRANCISCO — A daylong work stoppage during which employees were encouraged to “call in gay” to express support for same-sex marriage drew spotty participation nationwide Wednesday, with some gay rights activists praising the concept but questioning its effect.

    In San Francisco’s gay Castro district, residents and merchants said they endorsed the message behind “Day Without a Gay” but didn’t think a work stoppage was practical given the poor economy and the strike’s organization.

    “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,” said David Lang, a San Francisco gymnastics coach. “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.”

    The protest, which a gay couple from West Hollywood organized through the Internet, 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.

    Participants were asked to refrain from spending money or at least to patronize gay-friendly businesses for the day.

    Paul Ellis, 51, a manager at Cliff’s Variety hardware store, said he didn’t want his employer to bear the burden of his support.

    “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,” he said.

    Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, a San Francisco-based nonprofit group that promotes equality for gay and lesbian employees, suggested that gay marriage supporters could send an effective message beyond Wednesday by openly discussing the issue at their workplaces.

    When people go into the voting booth and vote against (gay) rights, they often have no idea they are voting against the person sitting next to them in the next cubicle or office,” said Selisse Berry, Out and Equal’s executive director.

    Berry noted that only 20 states have laws to protect workers from being fired for being homosexual, making lesbians and gays reluctant to reveal themselves to co-workers in most jurisdictions.

    “Constantly lying about our weekends at the water cooler or changing pronouns, that takes up so much energy that we could be putting into our jobs,” she said.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,465224,00.html

    When a protest to call in “gay” doesn’t even work in the Castro district, you know it’s been an absolute failure.

  22. Liberals Demise

    Lets’ face it…….they “BLEW” it!!!

  23. JohnMG

    …..“If we are going to make a huge impact and not be laughed at…….”

    Oh is that rich!! The very idea is laughable. Imagine; “We’re going to force you guys to recognize this aberration as legitimate”.

  24. BillK

    I thought I’d post a link to my followup here:

    ‘Call in Gay’ to Work Day Draws Few Participants

    A daylong work stoppage during which employees were encouraged to “call in gay” to express support for same-sex marriage drew spotty participation nationwide Wednesday, with some gay rights activists praising the concept but questioning its effect. …

    http://sweetness-light.com/arc.....ent-126440


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