National Prop 8 Protest Makes a Statement, Now What?
It seems Saturday's National Prop 8 protest in all 50 states was a tipping point. Not the same tipping point that beget large passionate protests and rallies on a daily basis outside the Mormon Temple in Westwood, but the type of tipping point where people are done protesting and now starting to put the pieces back together, plan for the next move and wait (but yes, protests are still going to happen no matter what).
And boycotts and waiting seem to be what's next, especially the latter, exemplified yesterday by Attorney General Jerry Brown's statement regarding Prop 8 cases pending on the desks of the California Supreme Court. But that one is not in the hands of the people who want to take action now.
And for those who want to effect change immediately, boycotts and pressure on businesses are gaining speed. El Coyote was at the forefront of this issue last week, but there's been talk of Sundance and the LA Film Festival, a protest is planned at El Pollo Loco in Silver Lake on Wednesday night and Subway Restaurants have already reacted to pressure.
And the biggest boycott, in a sense, has yet to come.
Joel Stein's column in the LA Times about "No Gays For a Day" (no shopping, no working, no nothing) is now a reality. Amy Balliett, who organized the National Protests on Saturday, is helping plan "Day Without a Gay" on Dec. 10 and is focused on keeping the conversation going in hopes of national reform.
"There's this statistic out there that 10 percent of the population is gay. There are 301 million people in this county; that means 30 million of us are gay," she told the Seattle PI. "If 30 million of us are in that community, and if every single one of us takes time out to have 10 conversations with someone who is not like-minded, someone who doesn't understand this cause, then we can change this country."
More photos from Saturday
- Thousands In Downtown Protest Prop H8
- More Photos: Thousands March Against Prop 8 Downtown
Top photo by Tom Andrews/LAist