Calling in ‘Gay’ to Work

Here’s something you don’t see every day:

Some same-sex marriage supporters are urging people to “call in gay” Wednesday to show how much the country relies on gays and lesbians, but others question whether it’s wise to encourage skipping work given the nation’s economic distress. Organizers of “Day Without a Gay” — scheduled to coincide with International Human Rights Day and modeled after similar work stoppages by Latino immigrants — also are encouraging people to perform volunteer work and refrain from spending money.

This is right up there with the “Wear Jeans to Support Cause X” days on college campuses. Although, if people actually get paid if they call in “gay” to work, I’m guessing we’re going to be a really, really gay country the next time this day rolls around.

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Comments

  1. Triumph says:

    So please don’t try and call Senator Craig’s office tomorrow–he won’t be coming (forgive the pun) to work.

  2. markm says:

    Odd indeed…makes me wonder about the earlier report about Barney Frank called in douchebag…

  3. mannning says:

    Riiiiing
    Hello, Manning and Company.
    Mann, this is Bill, I am calling in Gay.
    Bill, you aren’t Gay.
    I know, but I am supporting Gays today.
    Bill, we have work that needs doing today, are you going to get it done or not.
    No, Mann, I am calling in to say I am not coming in, to support Gays.
    Well, Bill, you may think you are supporting Gays somewhere in the world, but what you are doing is hurting my company at a critical time. I need you here.
    Sorry Mann, but it can wait till tomorrow, I think. I want to do this.
    Bill, what you think about the urgency is not the issue, that is for me to decide. I need you here today and tomorrow, are you coming in or not?
    No, Mann, I am not.
    Fine, then you can consider yourself on two week’s notice, and you needn’t come in at all.
    I will have your severance check mailed to you.
    Good luck.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    …makes me wonder about the earlier report about Barney Frank called in douchebag…

    I assume that you called in at the same time for the same reason…

  5. anjin-san says:

    Odd indeed…makes me wonder about the earlier report about Barney Frank called in douchebag…

    Scratch a homophobe and you will almost always find latency…

  6. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Anjin hangs out at gay bars. He is no homophobe. I am just not sure about the homo part.

  7. Joe R. says:

    If I were gay, I’d recommend doing this on a Friday or Monday so you at least get a three-day weekend out of the deal.

  8. Flüge says:

    So what’s wrong about having a gay country with gay people? Just imagine the positive effects on the economy. I think we need more optimism and gayness nowadays in order to get out of the financial crisis.

  9. rodney dill says:

    Teh ghey

  10. markm says:

    …makes me wonder about the earlier report about Barney Frank called in douchebag…

    I assume that you called in at the same time for the same reason…

    I get it…assume. You mo’s is so fuuuuunny.

  11. rodney dill says:

    I’m announcing the formation of Call In Straight Or For Fun(pronounced ‘Kiss-Off’) to show how much the country relies on straight men and women. This will be a floating Holiday chosen every year. For 2009 the date is July 6, to make for a 4 day weekend.

  12. anjin-san says:

    Anjin hangs out at gay bars. He is no homophobe. I am just not sure about the homo part.

    Case in point.

  13. Bithead says:

    And of course for putting the tactic in that light, James and anyone who dares agree with him on the point is a homophobe. See how easy and fun this is?

  14. An Interested Party says:

    Nice strawman, Bithead, but, of course, this wouldn’t be the first time you used that tactic…the only homophobes who have shown themselves on this thread are markm and Zelsdorf Ragshaft III…their ridiculous comments speak for themselves…

  15. anjin-san says:

    And of course for putting the tactic in that light, James and anyone who dares agree with him on the point is a homophobe.

    Sorry bit, I can’t talk to you today. I am being an idiotphobe.