In spite of the dreary economy, LGBT people are being encouraged to raise awareness of their rights and impact in the country by calling in “gay” to work this week, closing down their businesses, refraining from shopping, and instead doing volunteer work.
The action, dubbed “Day Without A Gay,” is set for Wednesday, December 10 and comes just over a month after the passage of Proposition 8, which eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. Straight allies can also “call in gay,” according to the Web site http://www.daywithoutagay.org.
BUT I CAN’T CALL IN AT WORK ON 12/10 OR I’LL GET FIRED!
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“If homosexuality is a disease, let’s all call in queer to work: ‘Hello. Can”t work today. Still queer.'” –Robin Tyler
“What do you mean, you ‘don’t believe in homosexuality’? It’s not like the Easter Bunny, your belief isn’t necessary.” –Lea Delaria
“The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 to heterosexuals. This doesn’t mean God doesn’t love heterosexuals. It’s just that they need more supervision.” –Lynn Lavner
“If a bullet should go through my head let that bullet go through every closet door.” –Harvey Milk
“More people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, my friends, that is true perversion.” –Harvey Milk
Can Macho, Non-Metro Actors Play Gay?
Sean Penn Follows in Gyllenhaal, Ledger’s Footsteps With ‘Milk’
He has played a hardened ex-convict, a mentally challenged man and a California stoner. But Sean Penn’s current portrayal of a gay politician has some critics calling it his best performance ever.
How this tough-guy, straight actor was able to step into the shoes of Harvey Milk, the country’s first openly gay politician, in the new film “Milk” is as much a testament to Penn’s talent as it is to a culture that has become more accepting of gays.
Yet, while Penn receives raves for his performance, some in the gay community wonder aloud why a gay actor could not have played his role or any one of the others cast with straight actors James Franco, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna.
“It has almost become a rite of passage for these leading Hollywood actors to take on a gay role,” said David Hauslaib, editorial director of the gay and lesbian Web site Queerty.com. “I think Sean Penn’s career can only benefit from a role like this. The same was true for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal [who played gay lovers in ‘Brokeback Mountain’].”
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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.