Students and Staff encouraged to wear red for Day of Silence

Joanna White, Staff Writer

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On Friday, April 15, students and staff of BPHS are encouraged to wear red for the annual Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, or GLESN for short, which is the nation’s leading education organization whose mission is to ensure safe schools for all students. This group started in 1990 as a small group of teachers which grew into the large advocate group we all know today.

In wearing red on Friday, you are showing your support for the thousands of voices that have been silenced through discrimination due to their sexuality.

“There are a lot of people who are part of the LGBT community who feel like they have to be silent about their sexual orientation or identity,” English teacher Ms. Totty said.  “They feel like they can’t be themselves openly without being tormented in school or workplaces. On the day of silence, we are trying to understand what it’s like for members of the LGBT community to have to keep their identities and orientation a secret by staying silent.”

In response to what wearing red means to the student body, sophomore Nicole Kach replied: “I think they chose red because it’s a powerful color and it stands out. But by wearing red, even if you’re not a part of the LGBT community, you’re saying that it’s okay. You’re showing that you support the LGBT community.”

So, on Friday, April 15, remember to wear red and remain silent to pay respect to those who have suffered in the LGBT community due to silence.

For more information on the Day of Silence, click here.

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