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Friday, April 17, 2009

DAY OF SILENCE




The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ). On this day students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students and their supporters. This event takes place at college, high school, and middle school campuses. In some cases there are elementary school participants. On the appointed day, students maintain verbal silence either for the entire day or a portion of the day, such as during the lunch break. During their period of silence, participating students may hand out printed cards explaining the nature of their protest. Some school organizers create or purchase pins or stickers to put on lockers and t-shirts. Others dress in all black, with rainbow ribbons or gags to emphasize the cause and their presence. The silence ends with a "breaking the silence" event in which students participate in activism and education. LET US PUT AN END TO BULLYING & HARASSMENT OF LGBTQ PERSONS…

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