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Logo TV produced a video about the possible effect that national "call in gay day" may have on the nation.
The 24-year-old manager of a downtown Seattle coffee shop is taking the day off without pay, intending to volunteer at the Northwest Women's Law Center. It's part of a national grass-roots effort called "Day Without a Gay," designed to show the size and impact of the gay and lesbian community. Organizers are urging people to "call in gay" — skipping work to volunteer at human-rights organizations. Energized by the success of last month's anti-Proposition 8 protests nationwide, gay-rights activists and organizations are planning other actions. Two are happening today coinciding with International Human Rights Day. Along with "Day Without a Gay," Catholics who support gay rights plan to demonstrate in Seattle and five other cities against the Vatican's opposition to a proposed United Nations resolution calling for the global decriminalization of homosexuality. The rights of gays and lesbians have gained considerable attention after the recent elections, when California voters approved Proposition 8, stripping gays of the benefit of marriage, and Florida and Arizona passed gay-marriage bans. Arkansas residents voted to ban unmarried couples from adopting children or serving as foster parents. All of that is attracting the attention of people who are undecided about gay rights, contends Sean Hetherington, 30, a Los Angeles comedian and personal trainer. It was Hetherington who, with his boyfriend, came up with "Day Without a Gay" and created a Web site (www.daywithoutagay.org) source