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Anti-Gay Group Targets Friday’s National Day of Silence

National Day of SilencePost submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

This Friday is the National Day of Silence, a student-led action calling attention to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

From its founding in 1996, the symbolic event has expanded to over 8,000 different middle schools, high schools and universities across the country. Students are encouraged to take vows of silence to call attention to anti-LGBT bullying. The event is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

This year the notoriously anti-LGBT group Focus on the Family has sponsored a counter-event called Day of Dialogue, to spread “the truth about God’s…redemptive design for marriage and sexuality.” The event launches tomorrow, one day before the Day of Silence.

The site promotes teen-targeted resources from Jeff Johnston, a “gender and homosexuality analyst for Focus on the Family.” Johnston refers to LGBT relationships as “broken sexuality” and suggests those who stray from traditional gender roles are “damaged and confused.”

This harmful anti-LGBT campaign provides all the more incentive to participate in Friday’s Day of Silence. Find tips on how to get involved in this year’s Day of Silence.

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