A Day Without Gays
Today–December 10th, 2008 is unofficially “a day without gays.” Gay people around the country are encouraged to call in ‘gay’ to work and basically ‘drop out’ of the workforce and consumerism for a day. The goal is to illustrate that gay men and women integral and valuable part of society and deserve equal rights. Instead LGBT individuals are encouraged to find a gay charity to help or contribute to a LGBT cause. I want to keep this short so I am not too hypocritical by blogging on a day without a gay. I hope we make an impact. Find out about volunteer opportunities here.
A DAY WITHOUT GAYS
A nationwide Strike and Boycott in support of Marriage as a Right for ALL Americans
We are calling for a nationwide strike and economic boycott by all members of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community AND OUR STRAIGHT ALLIES on December 10th, 2008, International Human Rights Day.
WHY SHOULD WE DO IT?
Because LGBT workers, business owners, consumers and taxpayers contribute over $700 billion to the U.S. economy each year and should not be treated as second class citizens.
Because general strikes and economic boycotts are a powerful weapon in the history of non-violent protests. See http://www.pbs.org/now/society/boycott.html. For many of those protesters, their actions came at a cost, but we must be willing to make sacrifices to fight for equal rights, including the right to marry.
Because marriage should be a Right for all Americans, regardless of gender, race OR religion.
Because until ALL are equal, NONE are equal.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
Strike: call in gay, shut down your business, take the day off.
Boycott: don’t buy anything or spend money.
Participate: visit http://www.daywithoutagay.org for a list of volunteer and/or protest opportunities.
Communicate: we need everyone’s support!
Our co-sponsors include:
GAYS ON STRIKE (on Facebook)
WHY THE NAME “A DAY WITHOUT GAYS”? The name was inspired by the film A DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN and the nationwide strike in 2006 called A DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS, protesting proposed immigration laws.
IF YOU CANNOT LEAVE WORK ON DECEMBER 10TH: http://daywithoutagay.wetpaint.com/page/But+I+Can%27t+Miss+Work%21