imageIf you haven’t noticed, it’s “Day Without a Gay” today. It’s becoming the not-so-successful follow-up to the widely popular series of rallies held across the country on Nov. 15.

Those protests, which included five across Georgia, were organized by Join the Impact, an online effort that galvanized after Prop. 8 was approved by California voters in November. The measure overturned the legalization of same-sex unions in the state.

Today, organizers are asking gay and lesbian employees to call in “gay” and take the day off work to demonstrate our numbers and economic impact. The boycott has gained national attention in the media, though it’s tough to quantify the success of this boycott.

In Atlanta, the effort has spurred a heated, sometimes homophobic debate, on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s BlogBreak.

I for one am tired of hearing about one group or another wanting special priviledges!! The voters in California said NO to gay marriage. End of issue, shut up and let us live our lives without your nonsense cluttering up the landscape. Life is tough, wear a crash helmet. Quit crying and start living your lives!!

If I were to have an employee call in gay today,I’d call that employee back fired.

Marrage is between a man and a woman. That’s why God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Adam or Eve and Eve! Sexual parts don’t fit together other than for a man and woman and only a man and woman can produce offspring. Homosexuality is a choice in life! If you feel like a woman trapped in a man’s body maybe it’s because you are a perverted, sick individual just like a child molester. Maybe you should go to church and read your Bible and pray to God for help instead of giving in to sin and the perversions of homosexuality! If you think Homosexuality and Gay are the cool thing to be, I would hate to be in your shoes on judgement day!

In these tough economic times, there are many people who are out of a job, who would do anything to have one!! I understand being passionate about your cause, but calling in gay? Think about the thousands of Americans who have been laid off before you take your job for granted.

if i was gay i would prolly call in today. since i’m not, all i can do is continue to support my gay friends just as much as all my friends - if not more because come on, they’re gonna be singled out more than any other minority soley based on their emotional and/or physical attachments to another person.

I once called in gay to work, but I was only joking. Now, apparently, it’s an actual movement. While I do not agree with any of this legislation, taking the day off is not gonna solve anything.

Speaking of protests, there’s another in Atlanta on Saturday. “All I Want for Christmas is Equal Rights” is also a follow to the successful rallies here in November. Some 278 people confirmed their attendance by Wednesday afternoon, according to the effort’s Facebook page.

Our community contributes $700 billion a year to this economy (the same amount as the bailout), yet we are not given equal protections under the law that every citizen deserves. As such, it is time we make a stand. What would happen to this world if the LGBTQ community didn’t exist? Why is it that we continue to contribute to an economy and government that does not contribute to us? Let’s answer these questions on December 13th.

On the sidewalks near Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza (two of Atlanta’s busiest shopping centers) in the middle of the Holiday shopping season, we will take to the streets and again prove that we are not a silent sector of the community in Atlanta and are instead a vocal and growing group and we are tired of being second-class citizens.

The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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