Day Without A Gay: December 10, 2008
Tue. December 9, 2008 12:00 AM by Kevin Wayne
day without a gay: december 10, 2008
Gay rights advocates encouraged to call in "gay" in protest for equal rights
Modeled after the 2006 demonstrations for immigrant rights, Day Without A Gay encourages gays and their supporters to call in "gay" this Wednesday, December 10th; just over a month after the passage of Proposition 8, which eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.
Sean Hetherington, a 30-year-old trainer and stand-up comic who lives in West Hollywood, said within a week of launching the Web site www.daywithoutagay.org, he and Aaron Hartzler, his boyfriend, had 100,000 hits.
Hetherington said he and Hartzler were inspired by a November 14 Los Angeles Times column by Joel Stein in which Stein wrote, "No Gays for a Day will demonstrate what it would be like if – as so much of the non-coastal U.S. seems to desire – gays just disappeared."
In June, Witeck-Combs Communications projected the total buying power of the country's LGBT adult population to be $712 billion this year.
Straight allies are also encouraged to call in "gay," according to the Web site.
Given the country's troubled financial times, 'Day Without a Gay' has received mixed reaction from the LGBT community especially in the gay business community.