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Day of Silence
The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, now with hundreds of thousands of students coming together to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Day of Silence®?
The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take some form of a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. The event is designed to illustrate the silencing effect of this bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.
Who started the Day of Silence?
In 1996, students at the University of Virginia organized the first Day of Silence in response to a class assignment on non-violent protests. Over 150 students participated in this inaugural DOS. In 1997, organizers took their effort nationally and nearly 100 colleges and universities participated. In 2001, GLSEN became the official organizational sponsor for the event.
Has the Day of Silence been successful?
In 2008, hundreds of thousands of students from more than 8,000 K-12 schools, colleges and universities organized Day of Silence events. These numbers make the Day of Silence one of the largest student-led actions in the United States. The event has drawn significant attention to LGBT issues in schools over the years. For example, GLSEN spokespersons have appeared on national media outlets and there has always been extensive local media coverage from coast to coast, with numerous interviews with students.
Why do we need a Day of Silence?
Two of the top three reasons students said their peers were most often bullied at school were actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender expression, according to From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America, a 2005 report by GLSEN and Harris Interactive.
GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey found that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety. The Day of Silence helps bring us closer to making anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling unacceptable in America’s schools. For more information see: ‘How To Get What You Want With An Ask’ [PDF]
Media Helps Activists in Aggressive Push to Embrace Homosexuality
April 17 marked the 13th annual "Day of Silence," a gay rights protest event sponsored by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) that takes place in schools across the nation. Of course, gay groups can afford to be silent for a day, because they have the mainstream news media to speak for them.
"Day of Silence" is, according to the event's Web site, "a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools ...the event is designed to illustrate the silencing effect of this bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT."
Predictably, the media covered this year's event in a positive manner, leaving little room for discussions of it as an indoctrination tool pushed on students by gay activists. And they certainly didn't report that the LGBT community and its allies don't have a problem with "name calling, bullying and harassment" when it's directed against people who disagree with them.
"Intrinsically Evil, Objectively Disordered"
This year's "Day of Silence" coincided with the birthday of Carl Walker-Hoover, an 11-year-old boy who committed suicide on April 6 after his schoolmates repeatedly called him "gay" and labeled him "feminine." Walker-Hoover's mother, Sirdeaner Walker, has stated her son was not gay.
Predictably, LGBT groups and the media used the tragedy as a symbol for the harassment of gay teens in school. But there's also an unreported story about harassment of anyone who refuses to embrace the gay agenda.
For instance, no mainstream media outlets covered the story of gay activists directing nasty voicemails and emails toward Karen England, executive director of the California-based Capitol Resource Institute. England encouraged students to counter-protest the "Day of Silence" by walking out of their schools.
For her efforts, she received vitriolic emails that said, ""It's too late for your mother to abort...what a pity for the rest of decent society. In Support of God striking all of you down..." Another person wrote, ""You will return to your next life as a flea on the scrotum of a cockroach."
England also received voicemails that held her personally responsible for the suicide of Walker-Hoover, ""I just wanted to ask you a quick question about uhhh what you stand for and... little 11 year old boys by the name of Carl Walker Hoover killing themselves because of people like you, Karen." Another caller said, "You're a disgrace to the American woman. You're a disgrace to public - And I
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