Are You Silent?
Today is the Day of Silence, an annual awareness event aimed at eliminating homophobic bullying. The daily name-calling, harassment, and bullying that GLBT students experience creates fear—and when afraid to speak out about it, they end up silenced. Participants in today’s event choose not to speak throughout the day (except in class—the intent isn’t to be disruptive) as a way to mirror this silence and get people to think about the voices they aren’t hearing on a daily basis.
I think this is a great event, and although it faces organized opposition from anti-gay groups and lobbyists, I think that can be taken as evidence that the message is definitely getting across. So, to everyone participating in today’s event, let me just say this: