Target: Dayna Morales
Goal: Thank Dayna Morales for raising awareness about LGBTQ harassment
Dayna Morales, waitress for the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey, was faced with intense homophobia from one group of her customers. She was given no tip on a nearly $100 dinner bill and the diner wrote, “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.” In the face of such blatant homophobia, Morales rose above it. When she posted a photo of the receipt to Facebook and supporters began sending her money to make up for the lack of tip, she in turn donated a portion the money to charity. Applaud Morales for setting a great example of taking an experience of hate and creating one of positivity.
Morales, obviously upset with the message she received, posted a photo of the receipt to the Facebook account “Have a Gay Day,” (names of the customers were not visible). She did it with no thought of monetary compensation, but instead to share the injustice and raise awareness about the homophobic acts still being committed on a daily basis. People from around the world were equally outraged and began sending her small donations of $1 to replace the tip she never received.
After being mailed over $2,000 from people all over the world, Morales donated a portion of the money to the Wounded Warrior Project. This project helps to rehabilitate and empower wounded veterans, and it’s easy to imagine why she chose this group as she is an ex-Marine herself.
She stated, “It wasn’t for the money. I never planned on this. I just wanted to vent [by posting the receipt to Facebook]. The purpose was to inform people it wasn’t OK.”
Applaud Dayna Morales for setting a great example. When faced with such disrespectful homophobia, she turned to the internet to share that acts like these are always wrong. And when an outpouring of support from people around the world led to Morales receiving over $2,000, she donated a portion of that money to help rehabilitate wounded veterans. Thank her for showing the world it is better to act through care than hate.
Dear Dayna Morales,
I recently read about your actions following the homophobic comments you received while working at the restaurant. I am very sorry to hear that you were treated this way. I also wanted to thank you for the wonderful example you set by how you handled this situation.
You could have fought fire with fire, but instead you tried to raise awareness about the homophobia that still occurs on a daily basis. And when people around the world responded to your post by mailing you money to make up for the lack of tip, you donated part of it to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Your actions exemplify why it is much better to act through compassion than to act through hate. Thank you.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Coffaemaloo via Wikimedia Commons