Day of Silence is important

Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2002

I am currently a senior at JDHS and last year I actively participated and supported the Day of Silence in any way possible, and I plan to do it again this year. I think it is one of the finest things I have ever seen at our school: far more meaningful than any pep assembly, homecoming competition, or basketball game.

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It was better not only because of the 300 plus people who were united in support, but also because of the people who made a thoughtful decision to not support it. Simply the fact that the issue was being confronted and discussed intelligently was a step in the right direction.

However, something of the utmost importance has been lost within this controversy and scuffle of letters to the editor about whether homosexuality is right or wrong: if that's what everyone is so worried about, then you've completely missed the point. The only thing that the Day of Silence is supporting, the only thing, is tolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. Simply that. The Day of Silence is not telling you to believe that homosexuality is right or wrong. It is merely asking that you allow GLBT students the basic rights that every student should have: the right to not be afraid to attend school, the right to not have to face slurs and discrimination daily, the right to have a supportive school environment.

I find it very hard to believe that there are people in this community that feel the GLBT student should be taunted, teased, and harassed. Everyone deserves basic respect and kindness, whether or not you feel their lifestyle choices are moral.

So, before you denounce the Day of Silence on the grounds that you feel homosexuality is wrong, ask yourself this: Do these students still deserve the basic respect and safety that every human being must be granted? I would hope the answer is obvious.

Amy Truax

Juneau



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