'Day Without A Gay'. Is anyone participating?

  • CAtoFL

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    Dec 10, 2008 3:01 PM GMT
    Today is the 'day without a gay' and supporters are supposed to 'call in gay' to work:

    http://www.daywithoutagay.org/

    Is anyone participating? What do you think of the idea?
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    Dec 10, 2008 3:59 PM GMT
    No, against the idea. Seems kind of juvenile rather than advancing a course positively.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:02 PM GMT

    Yep, up here in Canada. Bill took the day off, using a vacation day. Nice time of year for this. So today we'll go shopping at a gay-friendly business.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:03 PM GMT
    I need my job.

    Next idea please.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:07 PM GMT

    Someone would lose their job for taking a vacation day today?
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    this is more retarded then Goku...
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:24 PM GMT
    Is it today? I am a bit overwhelmed at work so I can't take time off. I was at my desk at 6:35 AM.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Someone would lose their job for taking a vacation day today?


    Not necessary, but a last minute vacation request has to be approved and justified for many people, myself included. Plus, I like to only use sick time for when I'm sick - why invite bad karma? LOL

    I think a better idea is Day With a Gay - where you put your best foot forward at work or whatever to demonstrate that we homos are quite useful members of society.

  • SpartanJock

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    Dec 10, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    Work is busy, and since my job depends on getting federal grant monies to pay my salary, work can decide my timing of taking days off.

    I liked the idea of doing community service instead of working today, though.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    RunintheCity said
    meninlove said



    I think a better idea is Day With a Gay - where you put your best foot forward at work or whatever to demonstrate that we homos are quite useful members of society."






    i think the assumption is that you already put your best foot forward and do good hard work of which the world takes for granted. your absence simply highlights the fact that without your participation, there would be some very huge gaps to fill.

    however, i did not call out lol... too much to do in too little time, cuz statement or not, no one is doing my work if i am gone and i prefer to not have a huge pile when i get back.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    We have our holiday dinner at work tonight. Someone has to feed the college students prime rib, right?

    My managers would shoot me in the face if I called 'gay'.

    I do have something planned for work today though.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:38 PM GMT

    Hey Runinthecity,

    That's partly how this works. Bill didn't do this spontaneously; he planned the day off well in advance.

    So today we'll be out and about, doing good stuff for people (as a couple - now is that an ad for gay or what, heheh).

    We've nothing to gain by doing this, except to show symbolic support for you guys down there in the US. Oh, and wwwaayyyy up there in Alaska.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    I kinda feel like if I called in saying I was gay, that would impose a negative connotation to being gay (similar to being sick). My boss would also be like uh.. ok what's that have to do with anything. The ideal reaction we are looking for, right?
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    I did call in sick today, in part for "Day without a Gay." WOOHOO!! I can feel our rights advancing already!!
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    Nope. I have too much RJ-surfing to do at work today.

    The effort would be lost on my boss anyway, who would simply shake his head and say "those ridiculous gays." He already mocks one of our guys for trading in his pickup truck for "one of those stupid Japanese hybrids." Social causes just don't work on him.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    Nope, I came into work today.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    I am actually sick. I feel like such a bad homosexual for being too ill to make an empty gesture. Day Without Gays should be replaced by an annual holiday where we out closeted homosexuals in need of being booted out and crowning straight allies honorary sisters.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:03 PM GMT
    I don't think it was a bright idea. Not sure how or if they could measure the impact. But as I do have many PTO left for the year. I participate. I'll drop some food off to local food bank.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    I'm participating by sheer luck. I'm still on vacation, in fact, today's my last day of it, so I suppose I'm participating, though not by conscious choice.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    No... I work for a place that's so liberal it's almost permissive. Calling in gay is just like any other day. Besides, I still think this is sending the wrong message to the wrong people.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:36 PM GMT

    I agree with Erikk (two k's, haha). It would bring about a negative connotation, I think.

    In my opinion, I don't think this is going to be very effective. Maybe in parts of the country that have a large homosexual population (San Francisco...I can't think of anything else). However here in Texas (as well as much of the South), I doubt it'll have much of an impact. Even if it did, people here wouldn't care and it would be seen as "them damn queers makin' a stink" or something equally intelligent-sounding.

    I think that the gay community really needs to rethink its strategy after the whole Prop. 8 thing. Something is obviously not working icon_confused.gif I often find myself pondering ways that would be effective, but I haven't thought of any yet. I do, however, feel that we really need to get away from the whole US vs. THEM mentality that it seems the gay community has.

    We should look at the X-men for possible insight. icon_wink.gif

    But yeah, /long-winded comment
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    I put an out of office auto-reply on. This is what people got when they emailed me:

    Actually - I am in the office today, so I will get back to you in due course.

    However, I have turned on my "out of office assistant" as a small token of protest.

    Today is Human Rights Day, and in relation to that, an event called "A Day Without A Gay" has been organized to protest the passage of Proposition 8, which, if upheld by the California Supreme Court, will once again deny same sex couples the right to marry in California.

    For "Day without a Gay", Gay people and their friends and allies have been encouraged to call in sick to work, to help bring home the magnitude of the issue, and remind people that every day they work with gay men and lesbians whose lives have been directly impacted by the passage of the hateful Prop 8.

    I don't think calling in sick would have been appropriate, but I do believe that this message could have an even greater impact than my absence from work (and let's face it, my work would get done at some point anyway!).

    If you are receiving this email it is because you are a colleague or a friend, or you work with me, or you work with others whom I support in my role as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President, Law.

    What you may not know, is that in 2004 I rushed to marry my partner of 28 years (then 23 years) when Gavin Newsom directed the County Clerk in San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. That marriage was annulled (correctly, I believe, since I really don't think mayors, no matter how good their intentions, should be permitted to change state law by fiat). On June 17, 2008 - the first day we could after the California Supreme Court's historic ruling - my husband and I married again. The status of that marriage is now in doubt. This is personally very painful to me.

    Marriage is a fundamental right. So says the Supreme Court - not just the California Supreme Court, but also the highest courts of every state, and of course the United States Supreme Court. The issue posited by Prop 8 (or Prop H8 as I like to call it) is whether this fundamental right should be denied to same sex couples. Clearly, I do not believe it should be, and I hope that by having read this far, you have taken a moment to ponder the personal impact of the outcome of that vote. For me, and for you.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    No, I came into work today. My boss supports gay rights, and bailing on him today wouldn't really benefit anybody.
    The whole idea seems a bit childish.
    "Fine! If you won't let me get married, I'm not going to work for you for a day! And you're not coming to my birthday party! Take that, society!"

    If you wanted to strike for your rights, I'd suggest a full-on strike. Don't work at all until you get the rights you want. Sure, you won't be able to pay your bills, but what's more important, affording to live or affording the right to legally bind yourself to another person? icon_rolleyes.gif
    I'll take paying bills...
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    Dec 10, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    It's my regular day off so.......
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    Dec 10, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    nope!