When I first heard about this year's "Day of Silence," coming to a junior high near you on April 25, I got all excited.
At first all I knew about the DoS was simple: This was a gay thing! And they were promising to keep quiet for a day! A WHOLE DAY!
I was practically dancing. "I don't know who you guys are, but bless you! For years I've been waiting for this day! One whole day and no gay activists whining about how oppressed they are! One day of NOT having to listen to skinny bald guys bitching into their cell phones about how the market's out of radicchio again! A day of NOT having to listen to any of that! Hurrah!"
Then I went to the website.
From the website:
"Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence® has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression."
It turns out the "Day of Silence" is a program for schools. Kids in middle school though college are being asked to take a vow of silence for one day. Instead, according to the website:
"Students will hand out "Speaking Cards" which say: - "Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today."
Now, don't get me wrong. Lord knows DIH is all in favor of schoolchildren practicing their silence skills. Heck, I wish they'd have a "Day of Silence" every week.
But -- are they kidding? Gays are harassed by silence? Like they don't make enough racket all by themselves? The schools, the news media, the film/theater/books pages aren't packed to the gills with gay crap every day?
Anyway if you want to read more about this- and I don't blame you if you don't- their website is at