National Day of Silence, April 17, 2009.

  • DrewT

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    Apr 17, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    Hello!

    I just wanted to know if anyone is participating this year (it's today btw). I have done this before and it is a great experience. If you are participating, tell everyone how your day is going, or after the day is over give your experience in this thread.

    I'm involved in the gay community on my campus, and I find that the GLBT community in Albuquerque does participate mostly through GSA efforts.

    Do you have any thoughts you'd like to add?


    http://dayofsilence.org/index.cfm


    PS I will post later tonight on this topic.
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    Apr 17, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
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  • metta

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    Apr 17, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
    I'm not a student and I'm not in a position where I can really do it. I have to talk to customers and run my business but I do think it should be supported by those who can do so. Especailly with the religious right telling people that it is wrong.

  • metta

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    Apr 17, 2009 9:50 PM GMT
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    Apr 18, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    No but I'm participating in the Day of Truth.
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    Apr 18, 2009 3:16 AM GMT
    I saw this today which I find disturbing .. an anti-gay protest in a school



    San Juan High School Gay Protest (Anti GLSEN) - video powered by Metacafe


    Here is the article I saw it in http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-mannino/homophobia-is-killing-our_b_188042.html
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    Apr 18, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    I knew this day was coming up but was unsure of the exact date. I was depressed at work and only talked when I absolutely had to and talked quietly when I did which was short and brief. I overheard one of my coworkers tell another that it must be because of the day of silence.

    I thought it was cool and the proper way to handle it.
  • Delivis

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    Apr 18, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    DAY of silence? how about minute of silence?

    And why silence? why not day of eating chocolate truffles? Much more celebratory.
  • DrewT

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    Apr 18, 2009 4:22 AM GMT
    Thanks for the videos metta8 and ActiveAndFit


    I'll share a briefly a thought that came to my mind today while maintaining my silence.

    Talking is normal, as it should be. I found the awkward pauses and uncertainty my friends felt about my silence and the clumsy communication (white board) to be very effective in making the point about GLBT issues. I had a lot of positive responses from my silence, which I found to be encouraging.

    Silence makes a huge difference, as it draws attention to the issue at hand, forcing people to think about what happens in our schools and workplaces. I'd like to think that every person that supports or observes Day of Silence helps change minds about GLBT people.

    growingbigI knew this day was coming up but was unsure of the exact date. I was depressed at work and only talked when I absolutely had to and talked quietly when I did which was short and brief. I overheard one of my coworkers tell another that it must be because of the day of silence.

    I thought it was cool and the proper way to handle it.


    Very awesome. I'm glad that people are aware of it. Every little bit helps.

    DelivisDAY of silence? how about minute of silence?

    And why silence? why not day of eating chocolate truffles? Much more celebratory.


    lol Chocolate is amazing. Maybe we'll have to have Day of Chocolately Silence?
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    Apr 18, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    That kid's rhetoric and fervor reminds me of the same mentality and strident emotionalism-fueled hatred we saw in the Hitler Youth.
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    Apr 18, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    I participated today. It was a lot of fun icon_smile.gif lol.

    People in my school carried around signs or papers explaining why they are being silent. Though some were like "How exactly is this going to help?" It's not going to stop the violence..but I mean people are still aware of why we silent.

    Though some people had to show their ignorance by bashing gays...and the people who are being silent. Someone next to me in one of my classs made a derogetory comment, and I wrote down "This is exactly why I'm being silent"

    Oh well though, it was fun not talking in school all day!