April 15, 2011 is the 2011 “Day of Silence.” If you are not familiar with what the Day of Silence is all about, please check out all the details at dayofsilence.org.
I, for one, was not aware of the Day of Silence until my daughter started getting involved with it. She is a 17 year old junior in high school, and she is a strong advocate of equal rights for lesbian, gay, and bi-sexual individuals. When I found out about the whole thing, I started reading about it and became more interested.
Even though I am not gay myself, I do believe that the lesbian, gay and bi-sexual population are treated very unfairly in this country. They deserve the same fundamental rights as all Americans. It is absolutely absurd that in 2011 in The United States of America, this issue is still not resolved. Actually, it is tragic. It really shows how in some ways we still behave like our ancestors…you know, “Neanderthal Man.” I mean, haven’t we learned our lesson when it comes to equal rights? I thought this was behind us, but apparently not.
What does this have to do with censorship? Everything! Think about it. What is the definition of censorship? One definition is as follows:
Suppression of dissent occurs when an individual or group which is more powerful than another tries to directly or indirectly censor, persecute or otherwise oppress the other party, rather than engage with and constructively respond to or accommodate the other party’s arguments or viewpoint. When dissent is perceived as a threat, action may be taken to prevent continuing dissent or penalise dissidents.
This is exactly what is happening in this country right now. I have heard all the arguments on the other side, and none of them hold any water. In fact, they can’t even come close.
On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.
To learn more or get involved, please visit dayofsilence.org