Hello Community Members,
Today is Day of Silence — The GLSEN Day of Silence commenced in the mid 90’s by students that initiated a vow of silence to highlight the injustices aimed towards folks in the LGBTQIA+ community. Since then, hundreds of communities and schools have participated and gathered together in this event to raise awareness, whilst remaining silent in honor of our LGBTQIA+ members. More information can be found here.
We unite in a profound sense of solidarity and support for our community. Our hixtory has been a long and strenuous journey that is enrooted in severe trauma. However, through these ominous depths, we have risen every time.
Today, we honor and acknowledge the lives of our LGBTQIA+ community members who have been silenced and confined in a world of hate, discrimination, harassment, and inequality. These injustices have undeniably been constructed by unethical ideologies and tragically, continues to leave many in the dark. This is not acceptable. Though we will remain silent in observance to this day, please know that however you may choose to express the power that you hold within, that too, is honored.
May we continue to be thunderous with our voices, mindful of our actions, and soar with mighty liberation with our words. May we also continue to be cognizant of these disheartening experiences that are shaping the livelihoods of our students and staff members.
Take a moment to breathe and gently reaffirm yourself:
“I belong, I am important, my presence matters, and my intersectionality is what will positively change the world.”
With this unification and acknowledgement, it is testament to our efforts and the fight for inclusivity.
Senior at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College High School
Gay, Straight Alliance (GSA) Club