Call In Gay to Work on Dec. 10

Day Without a Gay is a nationwide strike and economic boycott by the LGBT community and their straight allies, in support of equal marriage rights for all Americans. The strike will take place on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. Instead of going to work or shopping on that day, participants are encouraged to volunteer for their local LGBT or human rights organizations. Here’s the information from the email announcement:

WHY? To raise awareness that LGBT workers, business owners, consumers and taxpayers contribute over $700 billion to the American economy. We are lesbian and gay Americans and we deserve the same rights as all other Americans, including the right to get married.

WHERE? All across the United States.


Strike! Call in gay. That means shut down your business, call in sick, take the day off.

Boycott! Don’t buy anything, spend money or support the economy.

Participate! Give back, fight back or help roll back marriage discrimination. Go to to volunteer, petition or protest.

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 that protested against proposed immigration laws.

WHY STRIKE NOW? One day won’t destroy the economy, but it will raise awareness that we are serious about getting our rights. Also, strikes and boycotts are more effective in an economic downturn because business owners have more to lose.

WHY A STRIKE AND A BOYCOTT? These tactics have been successful in the past, from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the anti-apartheid boycotts. Their actions often came at a great sacrifice but they were willing to risk everything for their rights.

WHAT IF I WILL GET FIRED? In fact, many states still do not have employment non-discrimination laws for gays and lesbians. If you are in fear of getting fired, go to work, but you can participate in the boycott by not consuming. Pack a lunch!

Visit the Day Without a Gay organizing page on the social networking site WetPaint to find volunteering and activism opportunities in your area.

5 comments on “Call In Gay to Work on Dec. 10

  1. Tony says:

    I could be WAY out in left field here, but how does this align with the twelve scriptures on ‘homosexuality’ and the eight scriptures on ‘deviate’, eight on ‘lesbianism’, one on ‘sodomy’, not to mention the scriptures on disease?

    Unless I jumped the gun thinking people actually DO care what God says….

    Sad. Very sad.

  2. Jendi Reiter says:

    See my comments under the Oct. 29 post “The Gospel According to GQ”, and the posts under the “GLBT” subject heading in the sidebar, for citations of scriptural interpretations that are gay-friendly.

    I am tired of the accusation that there is only one legitimate Biblical position on this issue, and that anyone who disagrees doesn’t care about obeying God’s will. An uncharitable attitude does not lend credibility to your claim to speak for a God of Love.

  3. Tony says:

    Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    The bible does NOT contradict itself.

    Good luck.

  4. Jendi Reiter says:

    The Bible may not contradict itself, but it does critique itself:

    Deut. 22:13-15, 20-21:

    13 If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her 14 and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,” 15 then the girl’s father and mother shall bring proof that she was a virgin to the town elders at the gate….20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.

    John 8:3-11: 3 And the scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the midst,

    4 they say unto him, Teacher, this woman hath been taken in adultery, in the very act.

    5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such: what then sayest thou of her?

    6 And this they said, trying him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

    7 But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    8 And again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

    9 And they, when they heard it, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst.

    10 And Jesus lifted up himself, and said unto her, Woman, where are they? did no man condemn thee?

    11 And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn thee: go thy way; from henceforth sin no more.

    As Fred Craddock once preached, it’s a good thing Joseph went beyond proof-texting Deuteronomy 22, or our Savior would never have been born. Jesus owes his life to the triumph of love over the law…and so do we.

  5. Tony says:

    I fail to make a correlation in the above scripture with the gay lifestyle. Of course, they were probably only ‘happy’ at that time. If the critique comment is for me, I know I cannot judge anyone, but I am to be a fruit inspector – as we all are: Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Luk 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
    Luk 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

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