Calling in gay? Does this generation know how to protest?


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Did you call in gay today?

Are you reading this blog post from your sofa, or are you at rally supporting same sex marriages?

According to the Web site,, today is a day of protest and love.

We've reacted to anti-gay ballot initiatives in California, Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas with anger, with resolve, and with courage. NOW, it's time to show America and the world how we love.

The goal of the movement is for gay people to tell their job that they aren’t coming to work today because they are gay. Like a sick day. The purpose is to show the country what would happen if gay people stopped working.

Gay people and our allies are compassionate, sensitive, caring, mobilized, and programmed for success. A day without gays would be tragic because it would be a day without love.

On December 10, 2008 the gay community will take a historic stance against hatred by donating love to a variety of different causes.

On December 10, you are encouraged not to call in sick to work. You are encouraged to call in "gay"--and donate your time to service!”

You have to wonder though, if people did call in gay today, and you didn't have to be gay to call in gay,  are all of them really devoting their services to furthering the cause?

We’re a generation that does not know how to protest. We don’t march, we text. We don’t have sit-ins; we bitch and moan but continue to support businesses that pissed us off. We have turned the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday into a day to party and shop for discounts rather than do community service in blighted areas.

Gay or straight, does this generation know how to make a positive impact in society?

Look at Charlotte; when police officers shoot unarmed people there is about a week of hubbub, then nothing.

The district attorney is always making deals with career criminals, who get out of jail to commit more crimes, and he still has a job.

Can this movement really work to change the closed minds of people who voted for Prop 8 and against gay marriages in other states?

It will be interesting to see if this protest will have the impact that organizers hope it will have. I guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see.


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