"A new Atlanta-based gay rights group wants the LGBT community to stop shopping for a day and call in sick to work on Oct. 8.First let me say, I don't support Gay Rights, I support Citizen Rights. I believe that my Gay neighbors are fellow citizens and deserve the same rights and protections from my government that I receive. It disgusts me that my government would discriminate against my fellow taxpayers, soldiers, workers and neighbors based on such a ridicules premise as the 'immorality' of their sexual orientation. So, I will be supporting their effort on October 8th. And, I think they may well see results
Boycott for Equality is calling for the first-ever nationwide economic boycott to remind U.S. leaders that gay people make a large contribution to the U.S. economy, but they don't get the same legal rights and protections as their straight counterparts.
If the U.S. economy did lose the revenue from payroll, sales and income taxes paid out of the LGBT community's pockets on just one day, it would send a strong message. Gay people spend on average about $1.4 billion a day -- that's about $500 billion a year, according to estimates put together by Witeck-Combs Communications, a public relations firm that specializes in the gay market.So, I say lets take alot of straight dollars out of the market on the same day, to show our support. I know it may be hard
But some business owners say a total boycott might be tough to take, particularly for gay-owned establishments. Philip Rafshoon, the owner of Atlanta's Outwrite Bookstore, said he respects the sentiment of the protest, but it would be incredibly hard on gay-oriented businesses like his.But as I said in ""The 20/20 Manifesto" "...there will have to be sacrifices made, both voluntary and involuntary. You cannot fight a war without sacrifice regardless of what some might say." I think of this as one more skirmish in the war to form a truly egalitarian society."If all of my gay employees called in sick, we'd be out of business that day," said Rafshoon. "I think there should be limits to this kind of protest. Maybe on that day people involved in the boycott could make an exception and shop at a gay-owned business -- it certainly would be another great way to show their community support."
The ultimate act of citizenship is not choosing between two white and Anglo-Saxon males of inoffensive personality and orthodox opinions. I have much more to say about this later, but for now I can only tell you to start listening to whispers all around us. Remember the four college students who sat down at a whites-only diner in the early sixties. Remember the labor movement of the 1930's. Remember a sign in the 1929's: "I wish ma could vote". Perhaps those mystic chords of memory will remind you of what it really means to be an American citizen.This is how we restart a movement that has existed every time the average person has tried to force change and demand rights in hierarchical systems of the distant and near past. Think Magna Carta. Think The Declaration of Independence.