April 17, 2009: Day of Silence

Today is the Day of Silence. It is a day dedicated to commemorating those LGBT people who have been silenced in the past and those that are silenced now. Participants choose to be silent for the whole day or a significant portion of it. They do so to try and understand what it means to be silenced, to not be able to speak, to feel invisible. 

I will not be silent today.

A lot of people are puzzled over why I choose to stay vocal on this silent day. It makes sense that I should be silent on this day because the nature of the event is LGBT-related, and being gay I am inherently LGBT-related. I understand the that if I am silent I am honoring those LGBT that came before me, but I think that speaking during this day, consciously, is a better way to honor these people. Plus, that was my reality for the first 13 years of my life. Why go back for a day?

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