Day of Silence
Yes, today, 4/20, is National Day of Silence to promote awareness about LGBT issues to the broader communities in which we live. I have chosen not to participate in this day for a few reasons.
1. I don’t believe that we should be silent any longer. To me, silence resembles the closet. I believe that if we want to educate people about our issues, being silent isn’t the way to go about it.
2. We’ve been silent for far too long. Now is the time to raise our voices and take action for our own human rights. The right to education, jobs and housing. Important things that give our lives the quality they deserve.
This isn’t to say that I don’t support the message that DOS brings, I just believe that Day of Silence should be changed to a day of speaking out, a day of education, a day where we don’t put ourselves in the background, but instead command people’s attention to get what we want.