Walking through Addison today, you may notice an unusual silence. This is because Greenhill is hosting its annual Day of Silence to raise awareness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) teens. High school students around the nation take a one-day vow of silence in recognition of LBGTQ teens silenced by homophobic bullying.
The club True Colors, an LBGTQ and Straight alliance group at Greenhill, runs the Day of Silence and plans similar events throughout the year. Besides wearing a note card provided by True Colors explaining the vow of silence, students who choose silence refrain from any form of communication throughout the school day.
Even though the Greenhill community respects the silent students, the day is no walk in the park. Problems arise when the students need to ask questions, participate in a group discussions, or give speeches. These minor impediments may annoy the students for their few hours of silence, but they remind us all of the never ending struggle and silence LGBTQ students must face every day.
For more information of the day of silence and how you can get involved, click here.