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Day Without a Gay

Posted on 2008.12.09 at 10:17
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According to Fox News, all homosexuals, flaming or otherwise, are supposed to 'Call in gay' tomorrow rather than show up for work.

I remember when President Reagan fired all the Air Traffic Controllers after pulling a similar stunt.

I've got a better idea - why don't you work instead? That's what I'm going to be doing. That's what I do most days. Its what most people do. Self-ostracization just seems to be a Bad Idea™ I mean, if you're going to label yourself (most people I know are trying to get away from labels, not incur them) wouldn't integrating with your peers and being an exemplary specimen of your label do far more than discrediting it?

And in this economy, even *my* head is down. Under the radar. I don't want to give my employers any reason whatsoever to terminate me. The U.S. has just started a recession, everyone I know is losing their job, and I'm going to consider purposely missing work to make a point to those who employ me? I don't think so! I no longer play with that kind of fire.

About 25 teachers plan to take Wednesday off and to have their work covered by substitutes while they discuss ways to introduce gay issues to their students...

Secondly, I appreciate your enthusiasm about wanting to educate the public about being gay. That's great. However, if you didn't do it in the public school system, I'd really appreciate that. That's not why I send my children to school, or pay those ridiculously high property taxes. IT IS NOT MY JOB TO FUND YOUR SOAPBOX!

A letter telling parents why so many teachers would be out went home Monday. "We want to get the conversation going in the community that gay is not bad," Craig said

To me, this is a very contradictory statement. Admittedly, it may be because I have a very strong work ethic. I don't care what your label is, if you ditch work, you're worthless. That's what I teach my children; lead by example to them. That hard work will always pay off in the end. Provide for you. And that working with a good attitude is paramount.

I know exactly how my children would take Craig's letter. They'd think gays are a bunch of bums. Talk about painting a very different picture than intended. And in all this, I really only have one thought for myself:

I hope nothing prevents me from working tomorrow!

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Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2008-12-09 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
School teachers will use any excuse to get a paid day off...

I really can't think of what the hell to say, I mean I know you aren't a homophobe so I don't need to "get all up in yo grill son". I know we agree that public schools shouldn't be brain washing centers of leftist and PC propaganda and should instead reflect the general values of the community whose tax dollars fund them. Most of that community wants them to shut the fuck up teach the kids and serve a decent lunch.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-12-09 17:09 (UTC) (Link)
Reading. Writing. Arithmetic. Ring a bell?
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-12-09 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
I mean, if you're going to label yourself (most people I know are trying to get away from labels, not incur them) wouldn't integrating with your peers and being an exemplary specimen of your label do far more than discrediting it?

Right, yes. Because working hard and being an exemplary specimen of your [label] have worked SO WELL for people in general.

< /sarcasm >

I work hard and am an exemplary specimen. Yet I still lose contracts because I don't fit a particular label. How would keeping quiet and continuing to be even more hard-working help me? If I made a scene, at least I'd go down with a fight!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-12-09 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
Because working hard and being an exemplary specimen of your [label] have worked SO WELL for people in general.
Its always worked for me. I've never been the smartest one in the teams I've worked with, so I have to work more than everyone else just to keep up. But always being available and having a great attitude toward work has always afforded me good raises and the choice assignments.

Yet I still lose contracts because I don't fit a particular label.
I suppose each culture, and each industry within a culture have their own expectations. That being said, I imagine the best way to shatter those inaccurate preconceptions would be to always outperform those with labels rather than a potentially ineffectual display which could possibly solidify your target's stance.

If I made a scene, at least I'd go down with a fight!
Agreed 100%. But if not going down at all is your goal, how would you attempt to overcome the odds to keep your head above water to compete another day?
galinda822 at 2008-12-09 17:06 (UTC) (Link)
Call in Gay

I agree that considering our economy this is not the best choice to make a stand. I can only guess that they are willing to take their chances.

Even my closest "gay" friends find some of things done for this cause ridiculous. Even amongst ourselves we get into many debates.

Not having children myself I won't weigh in on that subject.

ehowton
ehowton at 2008-12-09 17:12 (UTC) (Link)
I can only guess that they are willing to take their chances.
So were the aircraft controllers President Reagan fired. Until they were *actually* fired. They didn't think it was fair.

And I'm not trying to lump all homosexuals together. Everyone believes something different. One person's cause is not the other's. WHICH IS WHY THESE LABELS ARE SO HARMFUL!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-12-09 19:21 (UTC) (Link)
That is so gay!!!
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2008-12-09 19:29 (UTC) (Link)
Schweet Icon :)
Misha
dawaioser at 2008-12-09 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
OMG, there won't be ANYONE at my work if everyone with a tendency did this!
Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2008-12-09 19:50 (UTC) (Link)
Gay Bar?
Einzelhaft
einzelhaft at 2008-12-09 21:48 (UTC) (Link)

...

You try being a member of an unfairly discriminated against minority. Social upheaval is the only thing bigoted bastards understand.

Thank you for your support.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-12-09 22:27 (UTC) (Link)

Re: ...

Social upheaval is the only thing bigoted bastards understand.
The more replies I get to this post, the more perspectives I see. I just wish there were some way to have a voice without having to look bad doing it, but it looks like you're right. Nothing else will change the hearts and minds of the people. I honestly believe, that up to this point, I was ignorant of many things. And if I can admit, that, I wonder - How many more things am I ignorant of?

It warms my heart to see you.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2008-12-10 17:04 (UTC) (Link)
Guess what I don't care about? Gay "rights".

Why don't I care about them? I'm not gay.

If I care about one thing, I have to care about everything else. When is there "Take A Day Off Because You're Black Day" (must...resist... off-color joke) or "Take A Day Off Because You're A Crippled Jewish College Student With MS Day".

No, instead we get a "Take a day off because as a male you enjoy the feeling of a man putting his genitals in your mouth". Now, is there anything wrong with that? No. But I don't get a holiday because I enjoy sex with a woman either.

And besides - isn't anyone seeing this for what it really is: A step back for civil rights? People faught dogs and police and the KKK and all those jerks just to be treated equally, to get an honest sallary for an honest day's work.

And now they want to show that the nation doesn't work without them? Answer: Call in the mexican labor and see how quickly you get replaced.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-12-10 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
As a fan of liberty, I take it as a personal affront when the government tries to define our lifestyles, even if it doesn't affect me personally.

If I give in to this, eventually they will want to take away my rights too.
Renegade
leonardii at 2008-12-11 02:46 (UTC) (Link)
Wow... sparked another high note here dude.

I have several good friends, actually they're brothers in arms from the army, who are gay. These guys are exemplary. Very brilliant. I just leave it at that... as I do all my friends.
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