> Gay blogger, Pink is the New Blog, has stepped up to add their silence to the Day of Silence. They have been observing a blogging silence all day long. They've posted a DOS Speaking Card and a note that they will resume blogging at 3:00pm (We assume that's Pacific Time.)
We are all amazed at the nationwide (and beyond!) support friends and allies have been demonstrating all day and all week. Thank you so much for your energy. Together we can make 2008 the most bullying-free year on record.
>From the GSA Talk Listserve:
I am a student at [school name] High School in [city] Wisconsin. Just a freshman trying to get through my first year of high school, which is really hard when you show you support gay pride everyday. There was no school today, so instead of my school doing it today on the specified day, we did it on Wed., our last day of school for this week. Multiple students and I are participating today as well. There were no stickers or shirts or anything like that. It was just the speaking cards that our library had let us copy in school and the message written on our hands.
We were silent the whole day, and at some point our vice principal told us we weren't allowed to because we are a protestant school and don't believe in homosexuality. But we didn't stop. All of us kept on going throughout the whole day. We showed the cards to our teachers, handed them out at school. The response was amazing. There are about 750 Kids in our school. All of us together got at least 150 to take part, mostly freshmen and sophomores. The teachers were very understanding, and proud that we were sticking up for something that we believed in. One of my close friends, who just got outed that he was bisexual, Wore as many gay pride items that he could. I made necklaces for my group, we got rainbow ribbon and wore it all day. The respose in our little protestant school where they teach that being a homosexual is wrong was amazing. There were a lot of people that thought we were crazy, but we kept on going.
I got one of the most anti homosexual kids in my school to take part after explaining this all. In turn that got many more to help out. At the end of the day, everyone was smiling, communicating between notebooks if it was vital and everything else. I have never been more proud of my school. Everyone who had participated had found something rainbow to wear, or had asked someone to draw a rainbow on them. There were a lot of tears to share that day. I had a piece of paper on my shirt that had a list of all of the people my group knew that had die of hate crimes, and everyone felt it. One of which was one of my best friends that died not to long before this for being openly gay. It was an amazing day, and everyone understood.
Thank you for uniting a school.
Thank you for helping people understand.
I am now the freshman who made a difference.
>The following quotes are excerpts from the AdvisorTalk Listserve:
Hi All, Here at [school name, city], the reply to our Day of Silence just floored me. Such a positive reaction. We have about 2700 students, and I gave out over a thousand stickers...and the teachers...wow!...so many teachers supported us by wearing "Vocal Supporter" stickers. The silence was deafening throughout school. I made an announcement yesterday and today, and will close with one today. I feel like a proud father, and the kids are walking around so proudly as well! ...and we will also have a 'break the silence' snack at the end of school before the go home! Hope it went as well across the country as it did here. Our administration couldn't have been better.
NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA
Greetings Allies: At my school in rural New Brunswick, Canada, we had about 50 kids take part in a silent march through the school. 30 of them we silent for the whole day. We had a screen set up in the cafeteria area and ran power point clips of Lawrence King all lunch hour, especially the one with the R.E.M. track. Powerful.
One student, who has just come out, stood with a poster near our display. Such courage. As I watched him, I noticed a tear roll down his face. I went over and said, "Joy? Relief? " Then a number of kids came up and hugged him and we had a group cry. So, so affirming.
Thanks for holding this event. Things like this touch lives.
> We want to welcome all of you streaming in from celebrity blogger Perez Hilton's site. And we want to thank Perez for giving support to the Day of Silence and helping to honor the memory of Lawrence King: A Worthwhile Cause
And it's totally awesome that Perez has his own copies of our Larry (CNN) King PSA posted on his blog. They are really cranking up the page views. Woo Hoo!!
Students at the school held their Day of Silence on Thursday because of a conflict today. T.R. joined GLSEN Executive Director Kevin Jennings at the event.
>Lance Bass has again pledged his support for Day of Silence participants, this time on his MySpace blog:
GLSEN’s Day of Silence - April 25th - Please Read
Dear Day of Silence participants,
I am thinking of you all today as you remain silent to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. This year's Day of Silence is especially important as we remember Lawrence King, who was tragically killed just a short time ago.
The work each and every one of you is doing is so important to ensuring safe schools for all students. I am very proud to have played a part in this year's Day of Silence and to join you and the hundreds of thousands of students across America for this important action and dedication. Together, we can put an end to the silence!
On behalf of GLSEN, I thank you for your participation.
My name is anonymous. I go to [Removed] High School and I ran a huge motion at my school today. I and the rest of the student body enjoyed a nice day at our annual performing arts festival. Here's what happened at the festival, my G.S.A club and I put our heads together and got a table at the festival just for Day Of Silence. We had over half the student body walk up to our "Booth" and say "Where do I sign my name?" and "Sign me up!" We had packets of information and we had about fifty copies to start with, but we had to make more copies through out the day. We had four books of GLSEN's speaking cards and we had to print off more from the website. Everyone wanted to take action and I had friends of mine say that they are being as silent as they can just for me! They have seen and heard my G.S.A and I talk about our haters and wish they could stop it immediately. The student body has stated that we are doing this for a good cause and will do whatever it takes to stop LBGTQ hate crimes.
>Students from 7,000 middle and high schools have now registered.
There's still time to take part. Take CNN's Larry King's word for it.
Or Lance Bass'.
Sign up and be counted: http://dayofsilence.org/content/getinvolved.html
The following is an unedited transcript of a series of phone messages we received in the days following Lawrence King's murder. It tells you all you need to know about what students endure every day and why we need the Day of Silence. This will be very disturbing for some, so we advise caution in reading on.
I just want to say that I think what you are doing is pretty disgusting, trying to push your perversions on straight kids that are in schools and stuff. You’ve got no business being in schools, OK. We don’t need your kind of crap.
Stop trying to spread your filthy perversions on innocent children. Those are not your children. They are other people’s children. They don’t have to accept your perverted nastiness. I mean, come on. When are you guys going to get a clue? You do perverted sex acts on each other. And that’s the kind of crap that you want to push on innocent little children? God is going to punish you.
Yeah, and also by the way, that 15-year-old Lawrence King pretty much got what he deserved, really, because he was allowed to walk around school wearing makeup and women’s jewelry and acting and trying to push it. What’s up with that? Why doesn’t anybody say anything about that? That kind of nonsense doesn’t even belong in school. Boys should act like boys and dress like boys, and girls should dress like girls. And that’s the end of it. If he didn’t want to draw any unneeded attention aside from acting gay, then, maybe that wouldn’t have happened. There’s something for you to think about. And of course you guys will never see that. You just see what you want to see. You want to act out your perversions and have everyone accept it and force it down everyone’s throat. You’ve got no right going into the public schools. It’s one thing to defend someone who’s wrongfully abused in a situation, but that’s the family’s responsibility. It certainly isn’t yours to bring into the public schools and force your filth on innocent girls and boys.
>For the queer community, Lawrence King's murder is still very much a current topic. Vigils were recently held all over the country and his face can be seen everywhere in the gay media. Ellen DeGeneres even helped bring the news of his death to the mainstream media.
As tragic as his murder is, it has been good for the queer community to have a face to put with our cause. Almost exactly 10 years after Matthew Shepard's murder, we can easily argue that there is still so much work to be done.
The Advocate recently published an article about Lawrence King's murder and asked the question, "Who's to blame?" The article went on to suggest that the blame lies with those who urged Lawrence King to be himself, thereby putting him in danger of homophobic class mates. I strongly suggest you check out that article, as well as a response letter from various LGBT organizations condemning the article and its implications.
GLSEN has done a really good job in bringing attention to his murder and this year Day of Silence is being done in Lawrence King's memory. While I truly believe that this will greatly benefit the exposure Day of Silence's cause will get, we should not lost sight of the greater picture.
Tomorrow, students will be carrying around cards that state, "I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination." This should stand as a reminder to us all to not single anyone out.
Millions of people around the world - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, straight allies - are nameless victims of homophobia and heterosexism by being forced into the closet. By participating in Day of Silence, you are not only giving them a name, but a voice.
I wish all you DOSsers the best of luck and stay safe!