Day of Non-Silence gives voice

For what reasons would teens go silent in school. To prove a point to friends? On a dare? What about showing the silencing LGBTQ+ teens face or the harassment that follows them?  

Every year in April since 1997, teens around the globe take to being silent for LGBTQ+ people who are bullied and harassed. Believers take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ+ teens. The event is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. GLSEN organization that helped provide resources for Gay Straight Alliances in schools in 1990. GLSD has had a GSA since 2014.

By going silent, others are encourage to ask questions of the significance.

On the other side of the spectrum, some people believe that going silent isn’t the best option because the community has been silenced by oppressors and speaking out is the best option.   GLSHS GSA members and allies wore items with rainbows to show support and hopefully have others ask what they signify. They turned the event into a day to represent. The GSA had a total of 12 members show up to receive pride ribbons. 56 total ribbons were made and passed out throughout the day. Maura Rodgers said, “I wanted to support it because they shouldn’t be judged for who they are.”

Jarod Baughman-Stubbs said,“I respect and understand the sentiment of going silent… yet there is no issue that can be handled and brought to resolution if they don’t talk about it. The sentiment isn’t wrong but it’s not getting the job done. Teaching a lesson even if it’s not a lifestyle you are not 100% in favor of or support.”

    Other students said the message was well received. “People have actually been very supportive in my case. Although, I don’t hang out with many people who would say anything. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback,” said Michael Dunlap.

Reed Demangone said, “I thought it was great that so many people participated.”  

GSA members put the picture on instagram with quotes.

“GSA representing for #dayofsilence. However we believe that to be silent is to hide from the issue. Be vocal today and everyday,” Jarod BAughman-Stubbs.

“Love is too beautiful to hide in the closet,” McKenna May.

“We’ve got your back,” Abby Fry.

Love was spread for all students.

9 out of 10 LGBTQ+ students are harassed in public schools, according to GLSEN.

By showing support hopefully encourage teens can be a sweetheart or hero to stick up for others and make all schools a safe place for everyone.