Day of Silence

In homeroom

Some girl- “I’m not doing that day of silence thing. Why should they get a whole day dedicated to them just because they’re gay?”

Other girl- “I know, right? Can we get a day of silence for being straight?”

Listen here.

-Straight people do not get killed because of their sexuality. -Straight people are not arrested because of their sexuality. -Straight people are not denied marriage to their true love. -Straight people are not bullied to the point of suicide because of their sexuality. -Straight people are not called names every day by bigots. -Straight people are not kicked out of schools for their sexuality. -Straight people are not disowned by their own families for their sexuality. -Straight people are not thrown out of public places and even churches for their sexuality.

-Straight people do not NEED a damn day of silence.

This is about the LGBT community. Let’s keep it that way.

Today, we are silent. We are silent for the ones who had no choice. For the ones who have been killed, for the ones who killed themselves. For the strong, brave souls who are making it alive without telling their truth. Today, the ones not silenced are silent in reflection upon their lives. Ours and the others. To the ones we have lost, the ones who are forced to stay in shame. We hold this silence for you.

Instead of participating in the day of silence, actually do something that benefits the LGBTQA+ community. Donate to a charity, call out those who are homophobic, make members of the LGBTQA+ community feel welcomed.

Staying silent for a day won’t do anything. Because we’ve been silent for way longer than a day, we’ve been silent for our entire lives.

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Today is the Day of Silence. Thousands of students across the country are taking a vow of silence today to symbolize the silencing of LGBT youth through bullying and harassment. Instead of speaking, they carry around cards explaining that today is a day to illustrate what it’s like when thousands of people are suddenly silent. When silence is forced onto you, it’s a form of oppression; when it’s deliberate and collective, it’s a form of protest. 

You all know I work at GLSEN, particularly in the department that runs this campaign, so today is near and dear to me. When I was in high school, I was mostly closeted, there was no gay-straight alliance or openly queer teacher, and while I knew what the Day of Silence was, I was terrified to participate. Today, there are schools where literally hundreds of students – and even teachers – take a vow of silence for the day, and they explain to everyone ahead of time that they’re doing it specifically to get people thinking about homophobia and transphobia in schools. I wish this had been a resource for me in high school, but I’m so proud to help the students who own it today.

To add your name to the list of activists participating, sign up here

Created in 1996 by Maria Pulzetti at the University of Virginia, Day of Silence is an annual day of action against bullying and harassment towards LGBTQ+ students and their supporters. Since 2000, Day of Silence is organized by GLSEN (American Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).

Every year, thousands of students across America are participating in the event in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. This year, Day of Silence will be held on April 17, and TMHFN/Rainbow Direction encourages all its supporter to take a day-long vow of silence as a symbol of all the LGBTQ+ students and supporters who are silenced.

As complete silence might be impossible for many reasons (work, school, family), we invite you to stay silent on your social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc) and/or set this graphic as your profile picture today.

Thank you all for your participation!

“There are times when silence has the loudest voice.”

Leroy Brownlow

also the day of silence is incredibly important and anyone who disagrees can fight me

admittedly there should be other ways to get the message across, more vocal ways, but the fact remains that the day of silence is arguably one of the most recognized lgbt+ days of remembrance and education, and to shit on it because it doesn’t meet your standard of social justice is wrong and harmful to the communities where violent homophobia is still rampant and having a day of silence at a public high school is practically revolutionary

and I’m not saying this as an “ally”, I’m saying this as a nonbinary bi-romantic asexual teen with a girlfriend, someone who identifies and is a part of the lgbt+ community. this isn’t bad activism, imo, it’s educational for people who might be unfamiliar with the topic and to try and justify getting rid of it or calling it “a day where cishet allies get to pat themselves on the back for doing practically nothing” because it doesn’t meet your standard of activism is incredibly harmful and sort of gross.

Today is the “LGBT day of silence.” So be as loud as you fucking can, because we already don’t speak up enough.

Being quiet achieves nothing, maybe even pushes as back. Homophobia won’t go away because you shut your mouth, bullying won’t end, and transgender people won’t spontaneously be given transition. And I’m sure the LGBT youth who died would want you to SUPPORT others like them instead of doing something completely pointless and patting yourself on the back for your ~amazing LGBT activism~ that you couldn’t even be bothered to get off your ass for. If you want to help, you have to actually HELP people.

Be loud. Let everyone know that LGBT issues will always be more than just middle school bullies.

anonymous asked:

My school is doing day of silence tomorrow, and I've never done it before. Do you have any tips?

well first of all good luck and congrats to your school for supporting it!!!

here are my tips:

  • stay level headed: its to bring awareness for an important cause but not everyone will understand that. there will be people who taunt and try to get you to speak, itll be hard but just ignore them in a way that’s easier for you (leaving the scene, putting in headphones etc..) and just keep in mind that you’re doing this because it means something to you and them taunting you gives you proof that the day is needed 
  • talk as much and as loud as you want the day before/after: if you’re like me and have a major motor mouth you know itll be tricky to stay silent talk the day before and after, i use my loud mouth to an advantage with this because its more noticeable when im silent so people pay attention to the cause! having the badges printed out help a lot to the people participating and the teachers in figuring out who is doing it.
  • keep yourself distracted: take this time to distract yourself with school work. it can be an already assigned paper or you can go ask for extra work from your teacher, most will be understanding and give you some extra assignments. you can also bring a nice book to read all day!  
  • inform as many people as you can beforehand: at my school i was given permission to set up a table at lunch and inform the students and teachers of the day! i had papers filled with information put in every teachers’ mailbox so that even if they didn’t see the table they knew what the students were participating in so it wasn’t a surprise. it defiantly helps to take the extra time to inform the teachers of the day because a lot of them at my school have planned silent work or a movie for the day which defiantly helps! 
  • remember that talking doesn't mean you've failed: its a little harder to do this if you talk a lot, if you slip up do not think you’ve failed! what i do if i slip up is i will tell people, “today im supposed to be silent to bring attention to lgbt+ harassment in schools, i have had a slip but im using that to my advantage to bring MORE awareness to this day, i will be going back to being silent thank you for listening”
  • be prepared: again, you know the cause and its important as hell especially in high schools to bring awareness to this. if you’re like me and you’ve spent two months planning the day you’re pretty prepared, but even if you just found out the day before just wake up the next morning ready to be silent and bring awareness!

you’re doing this for an extremely important cause, just keep that in mind and you’ll be fine!! good luck <3