“Day Without a Gay” seems to have cropped up in the news today in several places, like the LA Times, Houston Chronicle, AP and Mercury News yet MassEquality.org, HRC.org, GLADD.org were all mum on the subject. In fact they were even talking about this in New Zealand:
“Google showed 1.9 million hits for the phrase, a Facebook Web site group had about 9,000 members and international media reported on the protest plans hatched by a Los Angeles-area trainer, Sean Hetherington, and his boyfriend.”
Why is it so hard for the LGBT community to find unity? Together we could have promoted this event and gave it the impact a great idea like this deserves. There seems to never be any support from the bigger organizations for original ideas from smaller groups and thinking outside of the box. I can only hope that we can do better in the future, but I fear that the arms distance rule will continue to both hinder and haunt us so long as we do not call for change within these organizations.
If an idea is worth promoting it is worth promoting, it shouldn’t matter who thought of it and we should put the politics aside. It seems that this is not indicative of just the LGBT community, but rather our country as a whole. We all need to remember that we are in this struggle together and work as one. We need to promote the best ideas and help them move forward regardless of who thought of them first. In the end we all suffer for not capitolizing on our best ideas, don’t we?