National Day Of Silence - April 15th

  • metta

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    Apr 15, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    National Day Of Silence - April 15th



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    Today is the National Day of Silence in recognition of the silence that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) people face each and every day out of fear of harassment and discrimination. Both America's youth and adults face challenges of being open about their sexuality because of other people's ideas of what is acceptable and "normal". The silence that people are forced into out of fear often causes self-hate, depression, and even suicide. Those who cause the fear of openness often commit hate crimes including verbal, emotional, and physical abuse- sometimes even murder.
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    http://dayofsilence.org/



    http://www.facebook.com/NationalDayofSilence



    A quote from that page:

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    Today,
    My best friend (who is bisexual) participated in the Day of Silence. It was such an eye opening thing. I started off the day with the silence vow, but when I saw how the people at the school were treating her, I couldn't be silent about that. I walked her to class her hand in mine and watched and listened as they shoved, and di...srespected her for taking a stand. I went to my theatre teacher with tears in my eyes and she asked what was wrong. I told her I would break my silence and I told her about what people were saying and doing to my best friend. I decided then that I would stop the silence and speak up, I had to defend her. I left class early to walk her from hour to hour and got a pass to go to her lunch hour to watch her back. I was shocked at how many people would scream at her, and shove her in the halls, I quickly defended her and kept her by my side. But at the same time, I was surprised at how many people supported her. A smile, a thumbs up, a nod of the head. You don have to like it, you just have to respect it. And I decided right then and there that I had to do something. We are ending our sophomore year; so we have 2 years at this school. We will be changing something at Eisenhower and I hope to have support from all.
    But it is still crazy to me how one girl with duck tape over her mouth with the words "Day Of Silence" written, could cause such an issue in the school.
    Stay strong Sam. I love you ♥
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