Category: Day of Silence

My friend over at Soupstone wanted a follow up on The Day of Truth.
After thinking about it for the Day of Silence and the following day, I’ve come to the following video’s conclusion:
It is up to us, not only to protest in non-violent ways, but to protest in utterly POSITIVE ways.



Today is the National Day of Silence.Hence, I will not be speaking. The Day of Silence is an annual event held to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. Students and teachers nationwide will observe the day in silence to echo the silence that LGBT and ally students face everyday. In it’s 11th year, the Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country.

Last spring we did a Day of Silence, but with no funding and a small group it passed with fairly little attention. Since we couldn’t invest much in that, we chose instead to do a performance of The Laramie Project
. We made $500 which went to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. My cast was amazing. There were people crying at both showings.

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Anyhow, the reason I am thinking about Matthew today is both that it was a year ago that we did that moving play, but also inthe news recently was a gay NBA player who came out and shortly-thereafter quit. This is from John Amaechi’s Timeout Interview with Dave Zirin The Nation, April 16th, 2007:

“… I asked if he thought we would ever see an active male player come out’…Now, my contention on this, having spoken to Judy Shepard [mother of Matthew Shepard, the gay man who was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998], adoring her and really feeling a great deal of grief over her story, is that if the image of a young boy without his shoes being strapped to a fence and left to die doesn’t end homophobia, then a gay Shaq won’t either. To me, a young boy, semi-naked, no shoes, strapped to a fence in the middle of nowhere-how can you look at that image and then say the F-word? How can you look at that image and then allow people around you to use anti-gay slurs, when you know it’s that kind of atmosphere that leads to that? That’s what the Ann Coulters, the Tim Hardaways, need to understand. Their words don’t just leave their mouth and drop to the floor like fruit. Their words leave their mouths and bounce around the world like bullets.”

Today is a day of silence, a day of reflection, a day of sadness for the injustices done, and a day of hope for what we can accomplish for tomorrow.

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Oh yes, let us not forget: Tomorrow is the Day of Truth– an anti-homosexuality protest in response to Day of Silence. The link above is their website which features FAQ’s and banners to display on your website. I am fully in support of free speech, but it just seems…un-Christian to protest an equal rights protest (i.e. Day of Silence.) Why don’t you just tell every gay kid who ever got shoved in a locker, or even killed that his death was his own fault. Classy.