Man, I get it, Day of Silence is pretty controversial if you want to break it down, and I’m happy I was eventually informed of this, but honestly it’s not all bad to participate. I’m pansexual, and today I participated in the day of silence, because I wanted people to ask. And as much as you might think it’s ass backwards to DELIBERATELY not speak, boy do you need to help me count the number of people that stopped to ask me about the Day of Silence and its purpose. To be honest, though, I did break my silence. Once. Because coincidentally we got on the subject of conversion therapy today! And golly gee if that didn’t give me the opportune moment to direct attention towards the topic.
Point is, sometimes we don’t have the money to donate things, or the family support to attend clubs, or the omniscient ability to call out any utterance of anti-gay anything in our vicinity, or most of all the attention of people that needed to hear the message most. Sometimes all we can do is slap some tape on our mouths and point the ignorant or uninformed in the right direction. And from my experience, that’s what happened. Successfully.
And in all honesty, giving people a visual representation of the silence we keep is symbolic in my opinion. I can also, however, see how the deliberate silence could rub some the wrong way. But don’t put down or scorn people for participating in a event with good intentions that they see differently from you. Everyone will have a different approach to spreading awareness and the like, so this bickering over what is and isn’t an acceptable way of going about it and calling participants scum and such (and might I add that a LOT of participants are underclassman???) seems ridiculously uncalled for. You do you, they do they, I’ll do I. We’re all singing the same song in the end.