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National Day of Silence

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Today is the 14th annual Day of Silence around the country – when tens of thousands of students from middle school through college remain silent throughout the day, to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying. The event is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Christian Fuscarino is a Sophomore at Hofstra University in New York, and has been organizing the events since high school. He says as powerful as it is for LGBT students to stand up – it’s straight allies that make the Day of Silence what it is.

Fuscarino: “If you have 20 out students quiet in one day, it’s a statement, but you’re still not getting a large image of what this issue is. When you have straight students showing their support, that really encourages a lot of people that may not be friendly to people that identify as GLBT.”

Fuscarino says around 200 students at his school said they would take part in the event.

Conservative critics say GLSEN is using the day to force schools to adopt a pro-gay agenda. Yesterday, for the sixth year in a row, the ex-gay group Exodus International sponsored what it calls the “Day of Truth” – to promote the idea that homosexuality is a choice.

Fuscarino says all they’re doing is promoting discrimination.

Fuscarino: “You’re going to come out with a day right before the Day of Silence to say it’s not ok to participate in the Day of Silence when the Day of Silence is against discrimination? The message right there is that they’re trying to say that discrimination is okay.

Still, he says he hopes one day – there will be no more Day of Silence – because it won’t be needed.

Fuscarino: “Any organization that works to end discrimination’s mission is to go out of business.”

GLSEN says students from more than 6 thousand schools across the country registered to take part this year.

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Written by OutQ News staff

April 16, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Posted in Education

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