FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gays and Lesbians to Withhold $1.4 Billion From US Economy
During October 8 Economic Boycott
ATLANTA, Aug. 25, 2004 -- The U.S. lesbian and gay
population spends an average of $1.4 billion each day,
totaling $500 billion a year, and Boycott For Equality is
organizing a one-day nation-wide economic 'walkout' on
October 8, 2004 to make that point clear.
The one-day event is designed to highlight the contribution
that lesbians and gays make to the domestic economy and tax
base, at the same time they are denied the full legal
protections and civil liberties afforded heterosexual
"We want to remind those in our nation who don't always see
the impact of our community in terms of dollars and cents
that we do have real market power," said Boycott for
Equality Co-Founder Dale Duncan. "We were inspired by Don't
Amend Founder Robin Tyler's famous quip, 'If being gay is a
disease, let's all call in sick to work' and decided to put
those words into action."
Up to twenty-seven million Americans identify as being
primarily lesbian or gay, yet no Federal law provides
protection from discrimination in the workplace and many
State and Federal laws prohibit access to the rights and
responsibilities of marriage.
According to the Washington D.C.-based public relations firm
Witeck-Combs Communications, the US Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgender (GLBT) population contributed an estimated
$500 billion to the U.S. marketplace in 2003, while The
University of Georgia's Selig Center at the Terry College of
Business estimates that the African-American, Hispanic,
Asian and Native-American markets contribute $688 billion,
$653 billion, $344 billion, and $45 billion respectively.
"This event brings into focus the economic contribution of
GLBT citizens," said Duncan. "And people understand money.
The response so far has been tremendous."
Some major groups that have endorsed or encouraged Boycott
for Equality Day include the National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force, Don't Amend: The Equality Campaign, The Advocate
magazine, Civil Marriage US, DC Diversity, Equality Illinois
and Wyoming Equality.
Additionally, comic Margaret Cho's web site,
http://www.loveisloveislove.com, has listed Boycott For
Equality Day as one of the "12 Things You Can Do" to promote
gay and lesbian equality.
October 8 falls on a Friday, and the following Monday is
National Coming Out Day, Duncan explained. "It seemed like a
great time to make our presence felt."
Boycott For Equality is an Atlanta-based non-profit formed
to promote the boycott, scheduled this year for October 8.
For that day, GLBT Americans and their straight allies are
encouraged to withdraw from the economy in three specific
1) Do not purchase anything. Do not generate sales tax or
2) Don't work. Take the day off - do not generate payroll
taxes, income taxes or add to the economy.
3) Do not use cell phones. Dropping out of the communication
network is a way to measure the impact of your presence.
For more information, visit http://www.boycottforequality.org
Dale Duncan (757) 257-6215
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