National Day of Silence
April 20, 2012 by HRC staff
The following blog post comes from HRC Intern Tucker Chovin:
I was in ninth grade the first year that one of my friends came to school and didn’t reply when I said hello to him in first period. I was a little confused, and he handed me a card that simply read, “Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the GSLEN's Day of Silence, protesting anti-LGBT bullying, name-calling, and harassment. Think about the voices you are not hearing today.” I had never heard of the Day of Silence before, but as I went along that day, I soon found that many more of my friends and classmates were participating, not saying a word the entire day.
As they made their way through the day in silence, though, I noticed that many of my other classmates were suddenly talking much more than usual, and all about the issues that mattered to me most. They were asking why their friends were silent, whether bullying really was that bad for LGBT kids, whether LGBT people could get married, adopt kids, or live life exactly as they could. In short, they were asking every single question that we in the LGBT community could want them to consider.
Every year on the Day of Silence, I get dressed in the morning as normal, with one small exception. After all the other routines are finished, I take the time to pin a button onto the front of my shirt that says “Ask me about the Day of Silence.”
The Day of Silence is an opportunity to draw attention to anti-LGBT bullying. When we don’t tell our own stories and demand the recognition that we deserve, the world moves on, and I’d hate to miss that opportunity.
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