Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

On Wednesday the gays will disappear - a day without a Mexican? Now a day without a gay.

"If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work. 'Hello. Can't work today, still queer.'"
- Robin Tyler, Lesbian activist

This Wednesday, across the country will be national 'day without a gay' as LGBTQ citizens as a form of protest call in to work gay. This is an outgrowth of the national day of protest from last month. But it's not just for the LGBTQ among us, also for our heterosexual allies - you can and are encouraged to call in straight on December 10th.

On that day protesters will not spend any money on the (already ailing) economy - no Christmas shopping that day, no grocery shopping, no spending of any of that disposable income that has become it's on stereotype associated with gays.

[from jointheimpact.com: The LGBTQ Community contributes $700 Billion per year to the US Economy. When you put that into perspective, that’s the same amount as the economic bailout package. Our community could be, in a sense, the economic bailout… so we’re good enough to put billions a year into the system, but not good enough to be afforded the same rights as everyone else who contributes to that system?]

Instead LGBTQ citizens are encouraged to volunteer - spend the day doing service work for a local charity; a food bank, a shelter, a bread line, clean up a highway, etc.

Columbia's group have sponsorships from local activist groups and participants will receive a t-shirt and a boxed lunch. Protesters will be volunteering that day for Harvest Hope, the organizers feel that at this time of year it's imperative that underprivileged families -who's share of South Carolina households is starkly increasing - should be alleviated and assisted, especially in this the Holiday Season and Harvest Hope is a wonderful charity that is need of a lot of help this year with their mission. If you're in Columbia and wish to participate e-mail Impact Columbia at colaprop8protest@gmail.com.

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