From Join the Impact:
A DAY WITHOUT GAYS will focus on the fact that the LGBT community contributes $700 billion dollars annually to the U.S. economy (interestingly, the same amount as the recent federal bailout package) and as such, should not be treated as second class citizens.
“Even though these are troubled economic times, we have to ask ourselves how much our rights are worth and whether or not you can put a price tag on equality,” (David) Craig added. “California alone will lose more than 683 million dollars in revenue over the next three years that it would have made on gay couples getting married.”
“In dozens of states, you can still get fired for being gay or lesbian,” added Craig. “That’s unacceptable. And we want gays and lesbians to take this day – International Human Rights Day – to illustrate the point that until all are equal, none are equal.”
Our community contributes $700 billion a year to this economy (the same amount as the bailout), yet we are not given equal protections under the law that every citizen deserves. As such, it is time we make a stand. During the largest shopping season of the year, we ask that you do one very important thing: Don't Buy Anything! What would happen to this world if the LGBTQ community didn't exist? Why is it that we continue to contribute to an economy and government that does not contribute to us? Let's answer these questions on December 10th.
Simply put: The LGBTQ Community contributes $700 Billion per year to the U.S. economy. When you put that into perspective, that’s the same amount as the economic bailout package.
Our community could be, in a sense, the economic bailout… so we’re good enough to put billions a year into the system, but not good enough to be afforded the same rights as everyone else who contributes to that system?
SweetPea, the Monkeys and I are all "staying home". We'll be going down to the local Lambda Center and volunteering, and then going to the Town Hall Meeting this evening.