Some heated conversations were sparked today with GLSEN’s “Day of Silence.”
On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying, and harassment in their schools.-GLSEN
Day of Silence was originally started by students at the University of Virginia in 1996, and has grown to become an international movement. Key in spreading awareness and promoting this day is GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) who does so with the aim of uniting all students around the US in silence to raise awareness about homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic bullying in schools and society at large. Whether or not you are against homosexuality is not the purpose of the “Day of Silence.” The purpose is the spread of human rights. No matter your sexuality, you have the right in our constitution to the “pursuit of happiness.” You have the right to live in your home without fear of being bullied, harassed, or beaten. I am so proud of my students who today chose on their own to support the cause and walked around the school with tags that read “I am being silent today to support human rights. Please respect my wishes. Thank you!” It raised conversations on bullying and harassment. I could hear students talking throughout the school about their beliefs about homosexuality. Some became angry stating that gay marriage is wrong” and others spoke back that you are missing the point. What a wonderful day! I pray the silence was heard!