Gay-rights activists are encouraging people to “call in gay” to work today to demonstrate how integral gay people are to American society.
“We are here, and we are not second-class citizens, and we deserve the same rights as everyone else,” said Julio Perez, a restaurant manager in Chicago who is planning to take the day off.
The event is among scores of grass-roots activities — including protests, boycotts and marches — that have sprung up in California and across the country since the passage of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, along with other anti-gay ballot initiatives in Arizona, Florida and Arkansas.
It was first proposed by Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein and is patterned after the 2006 "A Day Without a Mexican" work stoppage. After Stein wrote a Nov. 14 column proposing the idea (which he said he got from a friend), activists seized upon it and chose Dec. 10, which is International Human Rights Day. Sean Hetherington, a personal trainer and stand-up comedian who is among those coordinating the event, urged protesters to use the day to do volunteer work.
So....if you're bisexual, do you come in late or just not come back from lunch?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Question of the Day
'Day Without a Gay'| Los Angeles Times
Posted by JD Rhoades at Wednesday, December 10, 2008