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Stephanie_1
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April 17, 2009 is the 13th annual Day of Silence. Over the past 12 years, more and more people have been participating the the day of silence as a way to call attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment and especially in hopes to find a solution to ending such behaviors.

Despite what some of you may have heard (As I heard from other students that someone that identifies as straight can't participate), people of ALL backgrounds, beliefs, and sexual orientations participate in the day of silence. The focus of the Day of Silence in schools is to promote changes and encourage schools to put into place policies that address these behaviors by students, teachers, and administration.

Are you planning anything for the day of silence? What, if anything, is your school planning for this day? How would you like students in your school to participate and how might we get the words out to all other students about the day of silence and how participating can make a difference? Most importantly, what do you hope to see your school and other schools do to help stop the harassment, bullying, and name-calling?

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I've never participated in the Day of Silence before, but I was wondering...how do people usually deal with teachers calling on them in class? I'm in a University and I'm not exactly sure what to do...not that I think I'd be likely to be called on anyway.
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When I was in high school my GSA had little slips of paper that explained the day of silence that you could hand to people.

You could hand a professor a slip at the beginning of class, or talk to the professor or email them ahead of time. At my school the teacher who ran the GSA sent an email to all of the faculty a few days earlier so they knew what to expect.

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Googling, I found an example of a standard card you could hand out.

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Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. 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. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?
Also, during the Day of Silence, participants usually wear rainbow stickers during the day, so if a lot of students are doing it, professors might already know what it means when they see your sticker.

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Rosalinespork: The first thing you want to do is to find out what your school does if anything for this day, as well as if you happen to have a GSA, LGBTA, or other recognized group on your campus. If so, and they may already have a slip like bluejumprope said about above excusing you from speaking in class or you can talk to your professors beforehand about the day and your participation. Being in line with these organizations at your school can really help get things moving. Also, if there is a group in place, it usually helps to have the university backing on this day and the plans being made, so having a faculty advisor helps here in just knowing what channels to go through. Glad to hear you're getting involved:)

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There is absolutely no way I can keep silent on April 17th, because I have a college interview, unfortunately [Frown]
Well. Fortunately. But unfortunately, these two incidents coincide, and college is more important.

(And, I don't think I would be able to shut up for a whole day anyway...)

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Idir: Even if you have to talk for the college interview, you can participate in the day around that one event. I have other friends that have interviews or meetings and are attending them but not talking otherwise.

Also, I didn't think my first year participating that I could be silent a whole day, but it's a lot easier than it seems (even for outgoing types like me). It depends on the person though. So if you'd still like to participate, know that the interview doesn't have to stop you from doing so.

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Bump. [Smile]

Today is/was the National Day of Silence. Did you participate? Did your school hold any events? Please share. [Smile]

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-jumps aboard Orca's bump-


My school is recognizing day of silence, albeit a few days after today considering today was a Saturday in our time zone. So yes...I plan to participate. [Smile]

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Until I read this post I didn't even know about the day of silence; it seems like a great idea. At my school though last year OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving) did something similar to commemorate teens lost in alcohol related crashes.

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I think that it's an awesome thing and I've actually done it twice in the past.
In fact, last year I held a fund raiser that day for an organization called AIDS Vancouver Island.
It was called "breaking the silence fund raiser for AVI"
We made about $250 dollars and it was our first one.
We're doing it again at the next day of silence too.

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