Jason Tseng

Are You "Calling In Gay"?

Filed By Jason Tseng | December 10, 2008 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: day without a gay, gay protests, Prop 8, prop 8 protest, Prop. 8

The latest in what is being dubbed "Stonewall 2.0" Day Without a Gayand the anti-Prop 8 activism, is a nation-wide call to action for queer people across the nation to "call in gay" and donate their free time towards the gay right movement in the first "Day Without a Gay."

I wonder how many of our readers will be "calling in gay" and showing their solidarity with our Californian queer siblings. I, unfortunately, will not be able to take the time off from work today, but I encourage those of you in more advantageous positions to participate!

Will you be calling in gay?

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I'm not calling in gay, but I should've called in hungover...

...your girl had too many vodka and cranberries last night.

I am...largely because I hate my current job for several reasons I don't want to get into right now.

I'm not as I unfortunately live in a state where you can be fired for being gay.

Boycotting anti-gay businesses on a special day that we already boycott on a regular basis won't have much effect at all. I'm not sure staying away from our lives is an effective way to reach people. I think we do more good by being present & visible than by being absent & invisible. Why not have a "StandUP & Proud" day, instead? On a designated day at a designated time, everyone stand in place for 5 minutes.

I'm doing my homework while flirting with the guy at Starbucks, does that count?

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | December 10, 2008 7:38 PM

I am way gay everyday and will turn up the flame a little bit more today.

I've actually been sick. I called in. To a gay blog. Where I'm the boss.


I didn't call in 'gay' to work because of a very simple reason: I am currently unemployed. :)

Seriously, though, it is LEGAL in Ohio to be FIRED over your sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, something that I am sure is legal in numerous other states as well. (This is something Equality Ohio is working to correct.) However, it doesn't change the existing law (or rather, the lack therof). To call in 'gay' would out yourself and subject you to get fired, so I suspect a lot of LGBT folks didn't participate for that very reason. I think the boycott was a good idea, but it is just not practible in this economy. Sorry.

Spreading the Word | December 11, 2008 3:20 PM

From Iowa Family Policy Council: gay Iowans should fear their jobs if they call in gay.

"If homosexuals chose to participate today, their employers may wonder: are their homosexual employees willing to sacrifice the success of the company to promote a personal agenda, or are they are making such an insignificant contribution to the company that they were not missed?

In the current climate of slow-downs, lay-offs, and corporate belt tightening, homosexuals who risk their jobs to make political points shouldn't be surprised if they are welcomed back with pink slips."