Day Without A Gay? Umm...no
I'm officially a bad gay. Today is Day Without A Gay, where the 'mos of America were supposed to call in sick to work, not spend their pink dollars and generally show the heteronazis that we could bring this country to its knees. Anyone who reads Modern Confessional with any regularity knows I'm a big supporter of the gays, as well as being a big gay myowndamnself. I've marched in parades, protested, signed petitions, written about it, spoke about it and lost a few friends over my beliefs and political affiliations. However, I could not support Day Without A Gay.
With the economy in the toilet and many -- gay and straight -- on the verge of being unemployed, I think asking the GLBTQ community to call in sick to work is counterproductive. The goal behind Day Without A Gay is for gay and lesbians to do community service or volunteer with an organization to fight against Proposition 8. I think the goal is fantastic; calling in sick to do it -- not so much. That's why we have weekends, personal days and vacation. Volunteering for community service should not be a once a year event motivated by ballot measures. Consider volunteering at your local HRC office, at a hospice, Meals on Wheels or with any organization working to overturn legislation that discriminates against human and civil rights. If you have a blog or website, write about your concerns and share them with the world. Email or call your legislators and give them your opinion and demand that they take action.
So, I'm writing this on my lunch break from work where we are in production for another issue of the magazine. Bad gay.