Students Support LGBTQ with a Day of Silence

By Thurman Truong ’16 and Anna Wu ’16
There are times when silence holds more meaning than spoken words. This is the case for the Day of Silence, an annual event for the LGBTQ community, to protest the harassment and bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. Individuals who partook in this event, held on April 17 this year, took a vow of silence for the day. Asia Le ‘16, president of the LGBTQ awareness club, believes that students should engage in the Day of Silence to help bring awareness to how LGBTQ students might feel. Since its creation in 1996 at the University of Virginia, the Day of Silence has spread to schools all over the country. According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), who is in charge of this event, there are over 8,000 schools who participate in the Day of Silence each year. These schools acknowledge how silence can be the most effective way of speaking out. The vow of silence symbolizes what the LGBTQ community has to go through every single day; constantly silenced and tormented by their bullies. With thousands upon thousands of students staying silent for a day, the bullies will have no choice but to listen. Mohammad Naqvi ’16, member of the LGBTQ awareness club, said, “[This Day] has an impact because some people who spend their time talking all day will cease to do so and that will pique the interest of the people around them. This will eventually lead to many people hearing about the cause and they will support it.” According to Le, an estimated 400 students take the vow of silence each year. Some believe that with about 4,000 students in Midwood, the number of participants is far too low. If Midwood had done more to advertise and stress the importance of the day with announcements and flyers, more students would have engaged in this activity. “No one knew about it, so no one participated,” stated Aiden Rodriguez ’16, one of the students who took part in the Day of Silence. “If they were to announce the date, it would be a whole lot more impactful.” Nevertheless, the Day of Silence accomplishes its goal by raising awareness for students who don’t always have a voice and who can’t always speak out in ways that they want to. Each year students learn they can speak volumes with silence.

The Day of Silence sign-up sheet with the names of those who participated and a jar of purple ribbons that symbolize the Day of Silence
The Day of Silence sign-up sheet with the names of those who participated and a jar of purple ribbons that symbolize the Day of Silence

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