Day Without A Gay is intended as a boycott and strike by all LBGTQ people and their supporters, to demonstrate our economic might. It coincides with International Human Rights Day.
Here's a condensed list of their suggestions on what to do on the day:
1. Don't go to work.
- That part is easy enough. Wednesdays are my midday weekend, when I don't go to work anyway. I'll have to stop in to sign my timesheet so I can get paid this month, since they're trying to close the books early for Christmas break. But I won't be working.
2. Don't spend any money, except at businesses that are clearly LBGTQ-friendly.
- Also easy enough. I planned ahead on groceries and gas.
3. Withdraw $80 from the bank and keep it pocketed all day.
- So, after I go in to sign the timesheet, I'll be visiting the bank.
4. Avoid advertising, such as from watching TV or browsing the Internet.
- That latter is going to be hard. o.O
5. Volunteer and/or join a nearby protest.
- I keep checking for opportunities on the official website, but there aren't any for Savannah. :( Of the local regular opportunities, all of them want me to commit lengthy periods of time that I don't have, and none want me to do something on the actual day. Likewise, we kind of sucked at the protesting back on Nov. 15, so unless I want to drive to Jacksonville, it looks like I'm out of luck there, too.
What I will be doing to make myself visible is outing myself on Facebook, which I finally caved and signed up for a month ago. Dozens of people from 5-20 years ago have since found me there. So yes, this will be a scary prospect in front of ~73 family, friends, longlost acquaintances recently found again, etc. But what better time than now? It'll consist of a status message that clearly states why I'm offline for the day, with question-answering the following day when I'm back online.
6. Don't use cell phones.
- I'm not sure I understand this one. But I can turn it off for the day. Nobody calls me anyway except wrong numbers and phone companies wanting me to sign up.
Additionally, there's a suggestion from WhiteKnot.org:
7. Wear a ribbon with a white knot in the middle, as a symbol of support for marriage equality.
- I'll have one. And I'll be wearing it when I sign my timesheet. We'll see if anyone asks what it is...
Right then. I'll be back on the 11th. :)