Shuck and Jive

Friday, April 18, 2008

Day of Silence

I posted this over at the PFLAG Tri-Cities blog. We had 50 people including high school students at our first meeting last night!

The Day of Silence is April 25th.

The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. This year’s event will be held in memory of Lawrence King, a California 8th-grader who was shot and killed Feb. 12 by a classmate because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. Hundreds of thousands of students will come together on April 25 to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior.

You can read the latest updates on the Day of Silence Blog.

A couple of high school students attended our PFLAG Tri-Cities meeting last night and shared a bit about the harassment lgbtq students experience. The Day of Silence is a good day for straight allies to speak out by not saying a thing.

Find ways to get involved by going to the Day of Silence website.

Check out this public service announcement:


  1. the Day of Silence happens to be on my birthday this year. this is good, a lot of people will be approaching me so i will give out a lot of cards explaining what is going on.

  2. I think we need to be somewhat proactive if we are going to make this day mean anything around here. Last year a couple of kids at Crocket (I think) were expelled for not speaking.
    Maybe we can have PFLAG members call the area high schools on Thursday and ask their administrations to support those students who wish to be involved. Further, perhaps some of us can offer to volunteer at the schools as liaisons or monitors to show our support for those students and to be a bridge between them and a potentially intimidated administration. I would be happy to put my non-violence training to work at a school where we know some students will be participating. Anyone else?

  3. that's a wonderful idea, Snad. i would love to help with that, unfortunately i'm no good at being in those situations. i freeze up when faced with people who are aggressive and/or angry. one of those things i need to learn to change, definitely.