April 14, 2009

>Looking Back, Looking Forward

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This is a guest posting from Chris Clevenger,
GLSEN Jump-Start National Student Leadership Team,
GLSEN Greater Cincinnati

Looking back on my first Day of Silence, I realize that it was rough. I can remember the negativity that originated from the student body at my high school. I remember the name calling, the threats, and the hate. I remember it being called a "Gay Day", and a lot of the community getting outraged that the school would allow such a thing.

Most of all though, I remember the support that came from those who cared. The students and teachers who stood by me throughout the day knew that we were standing up for rights that EVERYONE deserved.

Now, a year later, it's amazing to see how far we've come. It leaves me in awe to think about how much our support base has grown. Now I have a established Gay Straight Alliance with a student base of about thirty members... not bad for a school with less than one thousand in total. It gives me great pride to see how far my community has come, all because of a group of people who stood up for what they believed in.

So, while you are silent throughout the day on Friday, remember that what YOU are doing is making a difference. You are paving the way for the change that we've all are waiting for.

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