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Day Of Silence April 15, 2011


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Every year on April 15th there is something called "The Day of Silence" Some of you may have heard of it, other may not have. Well the DOS represents the anti lesbian gay transgeder bisexual bullying and the allies of those who are apposed to that discrimination. Every day, if you know it or not, someone is a victim of LGBT bullying and or harassment, And sadly, some of them may be so confused and hurt by what was said to them, May take their own lives, and in a worse case, they can be murdered for being the way they are.

Sounds stupid right? Well you have heard about it on the news im sure, Remember Lawrance King? He was 15 years old, and wore makeup and he had painted nails, and he was openly gay seeing nothing wrong (And of corse there isnt). One day in class Lawrance was shot in the head by a fellow classmate, BECAUSE he was gay. Lawrance was declared officially brain dead on Feburay 13th, 2008.

The GLSEN has asked the students of the school if they had reported who had been harassed or assaulted, more than one-tenth ( 13%)said the incident wasn't serious enough to report. When they did report the incidents, the response from school staffs was positive about 70% of the time. That's not enough , it should be 100%, and up to 66% of gay and transgender kids said they had heard homophobic remarks from other children in school.

A more recent, but not in any way less horrible story is the one of Tyler Clementi,18, Who's roommate had posted video of him having relations with another man. Tyler found out, and killed himself, by jumping off Washington bridge.

He was not alone, he was now the fifth gay teen suicide that month

-Justin Aaberg, openly gay and just 15, committed suicide after being bullied in school.

-Billy Lucas, also 15 wasn’t out, but was mercilessly bullied in school. He hanged himself.

-Asher Brown, 13, who told his parents he was gay the morning he shot himself in the head, was also bullied.

- Seth Walsh, also just 13, hanged himself after suffering from years of bullying.

Sometimes it isnt death though, Just people saying "You cant do that, because youre gay,"

Like the story of one Ms. Constance McMillen, Who wanted to wear a tux, and bring her girlfriend to her high school prom. But the school canceled it saying "It is a distraction" And someone on campus of the Mississippi school, has told her"Thanks for ruining my senior year". To make matters worse, after she sued the school, they left her out of a secret "Fake prom". She is quoted saying this about the event "They had the time of their lives," McMillen says. "That's the one good thing that come out of this, these kids didn't have to worry about people making fun of them at their prom."

So dear people of the world, weather you like it or not, People ARE gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and everything in between. Some sadly will not come out for their fear of discrimination or hate crimes.

So join me and others on April 15th to help end the silence.

http://www.dayofsilence.org/downloads/dos_speaking_card_09.pdf

Print those cards out, and carry them around, Do not speak. If you wish, put tape on your mouth wear something rainbow, 100% up to you.

this is a day against discrimination.

Be proud of who you are.

What are you going to do, to help break the silence?

P.S. Spread the word killjoys!

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I will definitely try and do this, as long as I don't have rehearsal that night.

well you can always be silent untill then:] even if your only silent for an hour it shows your support or you can just spread the word!

i've done this for 5 years while in school but since this year im doing it and i dont go to reg school im just not going to talk to any of my family or friends and i will not be posting anything on the internet that day or texting:]

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I used to do this in highschool, it was always a very powerful experience. Most of the music majors @ my college are pretty tolerant though. People at my high school were always making it a goal to trick people into talking, they sort of just saw it as a game... hopefully it's not so bad anymore. I can't participate due to work/classes/practicum, but thank you to all who are taking part.

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that and I'm seeing my chem that night, and will be meeting fellow killjoys in line.

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I want to help! There are so many homophobes in my school, I'm not Lesbien but am bullied for being different, this is the same situation, different reason.

if your school has a GSA club you can talk to them about handing out flyers about the day of silence and print out cards to hang to friends, spreading the word is a ton of help. also bringing attention of how much this bullying affects kids is very helpful, some people dont understand that it can lead to suicide.

thanks everyone for spreading the word! from the bottom of my heart i thank you all and love you soo much!

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Thanks for the heads-up! :) Hopefully I can get away with doing this, since my mom never shuts the hell up, and I'm obligated to respond. -_-

you can always talk to your mom, you can do what a lot of people i know do which is to just not talk during school and they can talk once they get home since sometimes parents dont understand i for one will not be talking the entire day, also i will not be posting anything on the internet or texting/calling till the next day but that is my life i mean my mom understands that i will not be speaking. i hope it goes well for you!

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Being located in a place where it is for the most part acceptable to be gay/transgender/bi/whatever, the people in my community have been fortunate enough to almost hardly ever experience any homophobic bullying or harassment of that nature. It saddens me that it can't be like that everywhere, and that it is difficult for people across the world to be tolerant of differences amongst each other.

Thank you for letting everyone here know about this, I will definitely participate if possible, and let others know about it, in hopes that maybe someday schools across the world can be safe places for open gay/transgender/bi/lesiban students the way that my school is lucky enough to be.

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Being located in a place where it is for the most part acceptable to be gay/transgender/bi/whatever, the people in my community have been fortunate enough to almost hardly ever experience any homophobic bullying or harassment of that nature. It saddens me that it can't be like that everywhere, and that it is difficult for people across the world to be tolerant of differences amongst each other.

Thank you for letting everyone here know about this, I will definitely participate if possible, and let others know about it, in hopes that maybe someday schools across the world can be safe places for open gay/transgender/bi/lesiban students the way that my school is lucky enough to be.

you are lucky to live somewhere that you dont experience things like this often, personally i am bisexual and i have friends who are homosexual and we dont deal with much hate but we do have some people who we live around that are just rude and bullys. thanks for helping spread the word and the love <3 !

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Rise Against wrote a song about the suicides of gay/lesbian/transgender/anything else kids.

If you don't know it, listen. It's called Make It Stop (September's Children), and it's amazing. <3

"And too much blood has flown from the wrists,

Of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss.

Who will rise to stop the blood?

We're calling for,

Insisting on, a different beat, yeah.

A brand new song.

Tyler Clementi, age 18.

Billy Lucas, age 15.

Harrison Chase Brown, age 15

Cody J. Barker, age 17

Seth Walsh, age 13.

Make it stop,

Let this end.

This life chose me, I'm not lost in sin.

But proud I stand of who I am,

I plan to go on living. "

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you are lucky to live somewhere that you dont experience things like this often, personally i am bisexual and i have friends who are homosexual and we dont deal with much hate but we do have some people who we live around that are just rude and bullys. thanks for helping spread the word and the love <3 !

I know I'm lucky. I'm not lesbian but I know several open lesbians and bi students, and hanging out with someone who is gay doesn't make you gay at my school either, which is really great. Rude people are lame :/ it's because of people like that that I do things like this :)

Rise Against wrote a song about the suicides of gay/lesbian/transgender/anything else kids.

If you don't know it, listen. It's called Make It Stop (September's Children), and it's amazing. <3

"And too much blood has flown from the wrists,

Of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss.

Who will rise to stop the blood?

We're calling for,

Insisting on, a different beat, yeah.

A brand new song.

Tyler Clementi, age 18.

Billy Lucas, age 15.

Harrison Chase Brown, age 15

Cody J. Barker, age 17

Seth Walsh, age 13.

Make it stop,

Let this end.

This life chose me, I'm not lost in sin.

But proud I stand of who I am,

I plan to go on living. "

Just another reason to love Rise Against <3

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Rise Against wrote a song about the suicides of gay/lesbian/transgender/anything else kids.

If you don't know it, listen. It's called Make It Stop (September's Children), and it's amazing. <3

"And too much blood has flown from the wrists,

Of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss.

Who will rise to stop the blood?

We're calling for,

Insisting on, a different beat, yeah.

A brand new song.

Tyler Clementi, age 18.

Billy Lucas, age 15.

Harrison Chase Brown, age 15

Cody J. Barker, age 17

Seth Walsh, age 13.

Make it stop,

Let this end.

This life chose me, I'm not lost in sin.

But proud I stand of who I am,

I plan to go on living. "

i did not know that but thanks for posting it i will check that out<3

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This is really aweosme and it fills my heart to the rim with pride knowing that there ARE people out there that aren't homophobic. I've been a victim of anti-LGBT comments and bullying since middle school and I know that I treuly appriciate this Day of Silence. Thank you to everyone that does this or shows their support in some other way! <3

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I'm doing this! Our school's GSA sponsors it for anyone to sign up every year. We don't talk the whole day (and no cheating with note-passing) and then at the end of the day we all gather in the quad and scream at the top of our lungs for a minute. It's beautiful and it'll be my third time participating this year...I know how it feels to be scared to speak up; I have my own closet, but this is for all who are oppressed, to experience your silence. And also, music has historically been a form of communication for the otherwise silenced...just saying, I love protest songs.

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I'm doing this! Our school's GSA sponsors it for anyone to sign up every year. We don't talk the whole day (and no cheating with note-passing) and then at the end of the day we all gather in the quad and scream at the top of our lungs for a minute. It's beautiful and it'll be my third time participating this year...I know how it feels to be scared to speak up; I have my own closet, but this is for all who are oppressed, to experience your silence. And also, music has historically been a form of communication for the otherwise silenced...just saying, I love protest songs.

That's a really neat addition, I've never heard of anyone doing that before, sounds really impacting/intense. Hope your 3rd day of silence goes well.

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