On April 21st (which falls on a gold day), hundreds of kids will participate in Day of Silence, either showing support for the LGBTQ+ community or looking for support as a member of the LGBTQ+. Although many people participate in DOS not many of the student body actually understand what Day of Silence actually is and how you can show your support.
Firstly, Day of Silence is celebrated to bring awareness to bullying and harassment felt by the LGBTQ+ community, it’s a day where allies and members are able to tell their school and the student body that homophobia and transphobia doesn’t belong within the school. Day of Silence is a way to try and create a safer space for the LGBTQ+ community. The way DOS brings awareness to the harassment and bullying is by replicating the silence felt by the LGBTQ+ community; whether this is because they have yet to come out, they have yet to give themselves a label, or because of fear. As a community, we unite together and try to ‘be there’ for students who need the support.
On April 21st our school’s GSA will be handing out bracelets, rainbow tape, and Day of Silence cards. Participants will be able to get these in the morning before school and during both lunches by the front office and by the hut. On DOS participates can take a vow of silence, a bracelet(s) and take a card explaining why they are remaining silent; along with this you can take rainbow duct tape to take away any temptation of talking. If you decide to take the vow of silence this does not mean you are able to get out of any type of group presentation or speeches that are being presented on the 21st, it also does not mean that you have to be silent all day. Some participants stay silent for half the day, or only during school or when around certain people/groups. Doing so does not make you any less part of the LGBTQ+ community or any less of an ally. This is also true if you do not take the vow of silence at all. It is encouraged that you do so but not enforced, you may if you choose, take a bracelet and show your support that way. Any way that you wish to show your support is greatly appreciated and welcomed.
Day of Silence is a day for us to come together and reassure our LGBTQ+ warriors that they are welcome and loved here. Spread love, kindness, and acceptance toward individuals that participate, as everyone has their own reasons for doing so.