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Honoring the Day of Silence

Apr. 23, 2021
 
Day of Silence

Hello Community Members, 

Rosine NiyoyishuraToday 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. 

 

DMLK GSA

Sincerely,

 

Rosine Niyoyishura

Senior at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College High School

Gay, Straight Alliance (GSA) Club

Day of Silence is important to us because…

“So that we are not embarrassed or ashamed and we can be proud of who we are. We are bringing awareness against bullying and harassment of LGBTQ+ students. We are normalizing the LGBTQ community People would notice that others are being silent to bring attention to how our voices need to be heard.”

— Student from Bear Valley International School 

“Day of Silence is important to me because I feel like we need to bring awareness to these events.”

— Student from Merrill Middle school

“We are an active GSA and want to support the LGBTQ community!”

— Student from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College

LGBTQ+ voices matter because…

“We should be standing up for ourselves and it shows people how serious we are about our identities. We are human too and all deserve respect and dignity.”

— Student from Bear Valley International School 

“LGBTQ+ voices matter because we are still people even if we like the same gender.”

— Student from Merrill Middle school

“They are often under represent and silenced in communities.”

— Student from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College

You can support LGBTQ+ students by….

“Asking students what their pronouns are regularly so that they are comfortable and in case their pronouns have changed. Seeing us the way we see ourselves and supporting us along the way. Using preferred names whenever students are comfortable Giving students a chance to reflect and share their thoughts and feelings with teachers. Don’t assume anyone’s gender because you never know Calling out homophobia when you hear or see it More safe space signs Using gender neutral examples in class to normalize it.”

— Student from Bear Valley International School 

“You can support LGBTQ+ students by respecting their pronouns and still treating them like people.”

— Student from Merrill Middle school

“Making more opportunities for students to communicate and collaborate.”

— Student from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College