The NYT says:
"In San Francisco's gay Castro district, residents and merchants said they endorsed the message behind ''Day Without a Gay'' but didn't think a work stoppage was practical given the poor economy and the strike's organization.
''If we are going to make a huge impact and not be laughed at, then we have to take the time and make the time to communicate with all the parties. We could have shut down a lot of the hotels,'' said David Lang, a gymnastics coach. ''In theory it's a great idea, but it's being done wrong and now that it's been done wrong, I don't think it will be done again."
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Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, a San Francisco-based nonprofit group that promotes equality for gay and lesbian employees, suggested that same-sex marriage supporters could send an effective message beyond Wednesday by openly discussing the issue at their workplaces.
''When people go into the voting booth and vote against (gay) rights, they often have no idea they are voting against the person sitting next to them in the next cubicle or office,'' said Selisse Berry, Out and Equal's executive director.
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Berry noted that only 20 states have laws to protect workers from being fired for being homosexual, making lesbians and gays reluctant to reveal themselves to co-workers in most jurisdictions.
''Constantly lying about our weekends at the water cooler or changing pronouns, that takes up so much energy that we could be putting into our jobs,'' she said."
I've never been that crazy about the term 'gay.' Maybe PRONOUN CHANGERS would work better.