In a classroom not far from you, a student is sitting quietly with a secret gnawing away at them; a secret that distracts them from class work, distances them from their peers, and keeps them silent. They are a gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, queer or questioning student who cannot be themselves with their friends, teachers or classmates. So today, schools across the country are a little quieter. Hundreds of thousands of students have taken a vow to not talk this Day of Silence in solidarity with those students who cannot speak their truth.
For nearly two decades, Day of Silence has been an opportunity for students to make a statement about the all-too-frequent silence forced on students, teachers and administrators on topics of gender and sexuality. It has been a public sign that they stand against hate and share our vision of a community in which everyone can be themselves.
Today we encourage you to join in and ask yourself, what will you do to end the silence? Will you share your story on MatthewsPlace.com
? Will you support a GSA in your community? Will you stand against hate and speak up when you see it?