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Day Without a Gay
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.

The couple thought it would be more effective and less divisive if people were asked to perform community service instead of staying home with their wallets shut. Dozens of nonprofit agencies, from the National Women's Law Center in Washington to a Methodist church in Fresno collecting food for the homeless, have posted opportunities for volunteers on the couple's Web site.

"We are all for a boycott if that is what brings about a sense of community for people," said Hetherington, 30, who plans to spend Wednesday volunteering at an inner-city school. "You can take away from the economy and give back in other ways."

Hetherington said he's been getting 100 e-mails an hour from people looking for volunteer opportunities, and that his "Day Without a Gay" Web site has gotten 100,000 hits since mid-November.

Despite Hartzler and Hetherington's attempt to fashion a positive approach, some organizers of the street demonstrations that drew massive crowds in many cities last month have been reluctant to embrace the concept, saying that it could be at best impractical and at worst counterproductive to "call in gay."

"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."

Graves' group nonetheless is arranging for interested participants to volunteer at the local African Community Center in Denver. The agency said it could find projects to keep 20 people busy, but so far only 10 have pledged to show up, said Graves.

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.

"We want to get the conversation going in the community that gay is not bad," Craig said. "For kids to hear that in a positive light can be life-changing."

Join The Impact, the online community that launched protests last month over the passage of gay marriage bans in California, Florida and Arizona, has urged people to withdraw $80 from their bank accounts Wednesday to demonstrate gays' spending power, and to devote the time they might otherwise spend watching TV or surfing the Internet to volunteer work.

Witeck-Combs Communications, a public relations firm in Washington that specializes in the gay and lesbian market, published a study this year that estimated that gay and lesbian consumers spend $700 billion annually.

Bob Witeck, the firm's chief executive officer, said it would be difficult to measure the success of Wednesday's strike since gay employees occupy so many fields. And rather than suspending all consumer spending for the day, gay rights supporters would have a bigger impact if they devoted their dollars to gay-friendly businesses year-round, Witeck said.

"Our community leaders who are running book stores, newspapers, flower shops, coffee houses, bars and many, many other things are hurting right now, so paying attention to their needs during this hard time is an effective form of activism," he said.

Hetherington said he has been careful to design A Day Without a Gay — he came up with the name after the film "A Day Without a Mexican" and liked it because it rhymed — so no one feels excluded or threatened.

He has specifically urged high school students not to walk out of their classes and assured college students they won't be disloyal to the cause if they go ahead and take their final exams. He also has listed opportunities — ranging from writing letters to members of Congress about federal gay rights legislation to spreading the word about Wednesday on social networking sites — for gay marriage backers who cannot miss work.

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



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Do I get paid for not coming in???    Bucky
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Ya, but you may not like the currency Ed!
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Hey Chris you going to fire CF2 when he doesn't show up Wednesday?? 
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Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

Do I get paid for not coming in???    Bucky
 
 
you tell us your the one who was a professional "driller"
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

Hey Chris you going to fire CF2 when he doesn't show up Wednesday?? 
 
He's here but Stephanie is not, she has not even called in yet.  We were worried about her and now we are really "worried" about her.
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hmm i hope she is ok
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She just called and claims to be sick.  hmmmmmmmmm
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crash her house, maybe she's being farris bueller!
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I can just imagine how that phone conversation went with the boss...
 
"...(cough, cough)... uh... hey boss (cough, cough)... can't come to work today... I'm gay!..."


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lol, now that is some funny stuff right there.

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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Pyro, what are you doing home today?Spanker
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I can just imagine how that phone conversation went with the boss...
 
"...(cough, cough)... uh... hey boss (cough, cough)... can't come to work today... I'm gay!..."
 
That would be just like him calling in with a sore throat......
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....THIS WHOLE THREAD!!!!!     Laugh       Roll on Floor Laughing
 
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the boss is away so i stay at home! cant help it gotta watch those std's they call children!
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Brady is only working a half today today.  hmmmm, does that mean he's a switch hitter?????

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Tomorrow is Gay day guys, not today.
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

Brady is only working a half today today.  hmmmm, does that mean he's a switch hitter?????

he kinda give me that vibe chris, i think you need to evaluate your staff so far you and david are the only ones im trusting as of now.
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A guy that works at the same place as me took his family to Disney World years ago and found out while at the Magical Kingdom that it was "gay" day.  It seems that all of the gay people were wearing red shirts so that they would be easily recognized by their peers.  Unfortunately, as fate would have it, the guy that works with me was also wearing a red shirt.  He found out that it was "gay" day when a gentleman - also wearing a red shirt - started a nice conversation with him.  Very, very awkward moment followed by family exodus.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Pyro, what are you doing home today?Spanker
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I can just imagine how that phone conversation went with the boss...
 
"...(cough, cough)... uh... hey boss (cough, cough)... can't come to work today... I'm gay!..."
 

Pyro did you tell you boss you had to run to town for a little "penisillian"?

 

 

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no, he knows about that, in fact he has to drive me there so my wife can take me home afterwards.

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Originally posted by geezer geezer wrote:

A guy that works at the same place as me took his family to Disney World years ago and found out while at the Magical Kingdom that it was "gay" day.  It seems that all of the gay people were wearing red shirts so that they would be easily recognized by their peers.  Unfortunately, as fate would have it, the guy that works with me was also wearing a red shirt.  He found out that it was "gay" day when a gentleman - also wearing a red shirt - started a nice conversation with him.  Very, very awkward moment followed by family exodus.
 
                            
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The exact same thing happened to a friend of mine with him and his family, he immediatly went to one of the gift shops and purchased a black t-shirt.  Mickey
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maybe they do that on purpose you suppose??
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