As the strike drags on into its second week, minority artist factions have begun to splinter off for their own satellite demonstrations — notable instances include yesterday's wildly successful "Picketing with the Stars" event at Universal Studios, and the lesser-attended Eleven Man March on the Mall, in which every working African-American WGA member hoisted placards at The Grove. In that vein, the Hot in Hollywood blog is helping to organize what to our knowledge will be the first Gay Writer's Pride Parade in history:
[We] came up with an idea we're calling "Gay Gate." We're inviting our WGA and SAG (and anybody else who wants to carry a picket sign) friends who are also members (or friends of) the Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans Community to join us for a specific picketing shift. So basically we'll still be carrying on the struggle: picketing, chanting, honking, et al. but we'll also get a chance to catch up with some old friends, oh-so-casually check out some potential new ones, and make snide comments about one another's attire. It will totally be "Norma Rae" meets the Abbey.
Our initial Gay Gate march will be this Thursday, November 15th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outside Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave (Accross from Paramount) at the Van Ness Gate (main gate). "Ugly Betty" shoots there and since it's the gayest show on TV, we couldn't think of a better place to kickstart this idea (we've asked some of the cast to join in).
While we salute the inclusiveness of this bold call to gay writers' arms, we wonder if inviting Hollywood's trans community members to join in the protest was the wisest of ideas, lest the doors of Shakey's Pizza and The Yukon Mining Co. suddenly swing open at the stroke of 10:00 a.m., and pour forth a sea of Santa Monica Blvd.-walking she-males committed to working the passing traffic with fierce, Strike Dancing vogueing moves in the hopes of eventually scoring a Betty walk-on from appreciative producers after all this ugliness has passed.