Friday, April 17, 2009
The idea is to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.
I've often wondered if I agree with the premise of "The National Day Of Silence," for I feel that we, as individuals and as the Gay (GLBTQA) community are TOO silent most of the time.
But Today I see silence differently.
Carl Walker-Hoover, an 11 year old in 6th grade in Massachusetts, endured eight months of daily taunting and bullying and threats and slurs and being called "gay" at his school. Last monday, April 6th, 2009, he hung himself. He would have been 12 years old today.
Watch this news report to learn more:
So Today I'm going to have moments where I'll be silent in honor of Carl, and of Eric Mohat, and of Lawrence (Larry) King. I'll be silent to remember all those Teenagers and Kids that didn't make it through the gauntlet of their school years.
And EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR, to honor those same kids, I'm going to be LOUD AS HELL to make sure we change the culture of our world, so schools can be a safe place for every kid to grow up, no matter if they're Gay or Straight.
So join me in moments of silence today.
And join me in CHANGING THE WORLD tomorrow and every day after that!