Today is National Marriage Equality Day but why is this column just knowing about it now? National Same-sex Kiss Day was just on Friday, now the gay community has another day to counteract the Chick-fil-A Chicken Appreciation Day?
There is no doubt this event has been advertised in the media for a few days but this is a lot of activity within a short period of time. Doubts about the day’s effectiveness are only natural but hopefully the LGBTQ will follow suit to make this day a success. Without adding a lot of “buts” into seemingly conflicting statements, there are just some questions that need to be asked about a day that mysteriously popped up from nowhere.
Of course mysterious and surprising are just a few choice words to describe how this day sneaked-up on gay Americans. According to ABCnew.go.com the online same-sex wedding magazine, Equally Wed, is the founder of this equality-day venture and they have a great deal of backing from big corporations to validate what they talk.
“It felt like the right wing groups were showcasing Aug. 1 as ‘This is how America feels,'” said Kirsten Ott Palladino, the editor of an online same-sex wedding magazine, Equally Wed, who, along with her wife, started the equality day effort. “We are wanting to say, ‘This isn’t all of America and we can come out and support our businesses too.”
The above quote is from the ABC article which raises the first question. When Palladino asks gay Americans to come out and support our business too, which businesses is she talking about? Did she mean small gay business owners or the long list of corporations in the site Equally Wed that support gay-rights?
At least for today the plan is to swarm Starbucks which has been a major proponent for gay-right especially same –sex marriage. Though everyone is encouraged to join in the day and support our gay community, there must be others out there that have similar feelings this event is either passive revenge on those who showed their force on Chicken Appreciation Day as some business had to close early because of record sells or an opportunity by other businesses to feel the same support from a community known for having tremendous spending power when genuinely called upon.
Again, though every gay brother and sister in the community plus supporters of gay-rights are encouraged to support the LGBTQ today, are we really prepared to make this protest statement after one national rally did not meet our expectations? No one wants to think that gay Americans are charging into another protest to yield similar results because the gay community did not want to be “out-done” in its show of force by Christian rights groups buying chicken. The same money we are collectively spending on this “specially named” day could be saved for a time when the LGBTQ can really show the country how the gay community fights for what is right.
These are just observations from someone that cares about how we fight this battle for equality and don’t want to see the gay community played for a fool. Go out and show your unity for the gay community by supporting National Marriage Equality Day.