April 9th is the Day of Silence.
I was wondering how many people are participating in this?
Last year, I was the only one on campus. This year, I doubt I'll be alone.
is participating. We are about 8 people or so, and I think that there will be at least 10 or so more people in the school participating that arn't in LeTSGAB(Lesbian, Transexual, Straight, Gay, Asexual and Bisexual- our GSA has got quite the acronim). That's not bad out of a school of 3,000.
Last year, I think we had about 50 people, I think... we're hoping for more this year, and trying to get more faculty to participate. I'm looking forward to it... it's a really interesting experience, a good time to reflect on a lot of things.
exactly is the Day Of Silence? I have a vague idea, but I want to make sure Im right.
I will not be participating. Last year I did, and there were lots of positive things that happened overall, but for my group of peers and for the people around me, the entire meaning of the silence is lost on them--it's more fun for them to try and get me to talk rather than understand what I'm doing it for. Since I've kinda jumped off of the activist/political statement bandwagon for the time being anyhow, I try and stay away from things like this as much as I can. Don't get me wrong, I TOTALLY support everybody that participates, but it's just not going to be my thing this year.
Some people's kids...I tell ya!
me and a friend are trying to get our D.O.S. together but its going to be tough with all the intolerance in our school. but we're not giving up.
I'll help, talk to me in hroom or something....~dragon fairy~
there are a bunch. Some aren't out, so I doubt they'll be participating, but there are over 25 of us, I think. You have to ask Drie to see the list.
13 people out of a high school student body of 350, representing all grades. It's our first time for the DOS. We're a little nervous about the responses... oh well. That we made a generally apathetic school think about something will be considered a success.
Its pretty sad that our school are both going to have around the same number of kids participating and you go to a school with 350, and I go to a school with 3,000. Oh well. Good luck, and you'r lucky that you have a pretty decent sized group for such a small high school.
I'm going to do it. I've been 'off the activist bandwagon,' as jazzer put it, for some years now, but lately I've felt a stirring. And not that kind of stirring, you bloody perverts. For some time now, I've been riding with the notion that, goddammit, I've fought the fight, I've got the scars to show for it, let someone younger and ballsier take up the torch. But some things have happened in and around the edges of my life that have begun to make me question my motivations for holding that opinion. I feel like a coward, and a liar. When I was really trying to make a difference in the world, I hated people like the guy I've become; one of the zillions of windbags who talk about revolution, but when push comes to shove and people start falling, probably won't be there.
I stood for something once, was part of something bigger than myself. And I did contribute to making at least my town a better place, even on my bitterest days I know that in my heart. I also know there's so much yet to be done, and really so few quality people. I used to be quality people. Maybe on Wednesday I can take a baby step toward being quality people again.
TeeAhr1. Perhaps not yet beyond redemption.
Yeah, I'm doing it. I'm trying to get some of my friends to do it. My school already knows I'm a raging homo (I brought my girlfriend to the semi last friday). I suppose I'll just be fueling the fire of hate at me but there is no way I won't be not doing it. I think I have... like five friends doing it with me.
I am a realist. Could someone please explain how being silent is going to help the gay movement- if anything is it just being too lazy to actually argue with someone. In a debate with someone- silence does not mean you have won, It makes you look like a fool. I suppose though that the gay world is so egotistical that all that matters out of this hypocritical display of imbecility is the media attention. Because that- apparently- is how to spread gay rights: act like a fool and get media attention.
"Oh etgen!, how trite, how barbaric! How logical! Debating? where *facts* are used, ah, if- well, would CNN cover it?"
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I would answer a couple of things to that. Granted, policy and lobbying are important and essential to the gay movement. But I also think social change is in order. One of my goals is awareness. Not awareness of all the facts I could give, but awareness of the fact that for me during high school, and for many people, you can't be yourself. And I think my being silent calls attention to that. I want people to know that, and to know that that silence impacted me. I think people change their minds from experiences with gay people, not from arguments over the subject, and this is a way of calling attention to what I consider one of the most essential things that brought me out of the closet, that made me feel unvalued and hated.
In addition, I think it's a personal thing. I consider it a day of reflection in some ways. Last year, it brought up a lot of personal issues, and made me think a lot about the changes that I have gone through and the person I have become.
So, no, I don't think President Bush (or even Gov. Warner) care in the least that I'm going to be quiet for a day. And I'm not even trying to show people the errors in their thinking, but just to give them a few moments pause about the voices they aren't hearing. And for that goal, I think Day of Silence works wonderfully.
"I think people change their minds from experiences with gay people, not from arguments over the subject"
Yes it really is quite amazing how my experiences with mimes has taught me a lot about Mime-rights. It's amazing how articulately numb they are that they get their point across. I think that from now on everyone who wants to express a cause should just be quiet and not say a word. Imagine at how successful every political movement will be!
And by the way- I will be celebrating April 9th quite a different way: National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.
"Hark! This is obviously some anti-homosexual movement issuing edicts from their ivory tower! All against this speak you mind in silence! Gosh that will show them. Just as effective as no red carpet at the Oscars! Look how effective that was!"
Well, it doesn't do much. You're right. But I have been loud mouthed, and angry for much too long and no one has done ANYTHING. So I'm doing the opposite extreme, I'm shutting-up. And the good news is.. I just got another friend to shut-up with me.
Yes, for me, people notice when I am quiet. And, our GSA made T-shirts, "Silence for acceptance" with Day of Silence and 4-9-03 on the back, we passed around papers explaining what we were doing and surprisingly got around, or above, 60 people to participate.
People noticed the silence and if nothing else, they will be informed.
For those of you who participated how did it go? How did people react, and do you think you were succesful in getting you'r message out? (wow, that's sounds like a test question). It actaully went very well at my school. It turned out that a lot of "Students Against Violence" also participated aswell as a handful or so of kids that did it on their own. A lot of us did the all black with white face paint, and everyone had a laminated card with the mission statement of DOS to show people. The one problem was that it's spirit week at my school, today was theme day and the sophmores theme was horror. So a lot of people who dodn't regularly talk to us just assumed that we were over spirited sophmores dressed up as vampires or something.
We had about fifteen people participate at our school, which I think is a major accomplishment if you consider it's a homophobic-as-hell school in Alabama AND the administration flat out told us last week that we couldn't do it.
Two things are difficult for me during the Day of Silence. For one thing, it's hella hard to not talk at all for an entire day. And for another, it's a challenge to not be able to talk back when people are hassling you about it.
Anyway, we got people talking, which was the best thing we could've realistically hoped for, so I'm counting my blessings.
... that in one generation we went from Silence = Death, to being intentionally silent. I usually just view DOS as a harmless curiosity, even though Oasis used to co-sponsor it (before they got all classy and went with GLSEN).
I mean, on some level, isn't this what a lot of anti-gay people want? For gays to be quiet about it? I get the notion of showing people how many voices they would silence, etc., etc., but it just seems more preaching to the choir than reaching for the masses.
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