Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Wednesday - Today is 'Day of Silence'

As I wrote about on Monday and talked about on the show, today is what has become the annual 'Day of Silence', and it's alive and well on our school campuses.

Two years ago I listed some of the events included on campuses, such as Harvard University designating the entire month of April 2004 as "Gaypril" month, hosted by the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance on campus, which includes gay pride celebrations, a panel on sadomasochism, 'lobbying' for gender-segregated bathrooms including showing a documentary, "Toilet Training", the popular 'Day of Silence', and more, all for the purpose of addressing "homophobia, biphobia and transphobia."

And Michigan State University's Pride week included a Drag Show, a Speak-Out and Kiss-In at the Administration building in addition to observing the Day of Silence. Not only that but this campus boasts a Gay Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Associaton which sponsors activities such as the Borders Crossing one day conference "designed to examine critical questions raised by the interlocking nature of oppressions in LBGT contexts." And students entering the teacher education program at San Diego State University must take a course on multicultural education that requires them to take "cultural plunges," rather than tests.Those include taking trips to homosexual bars, and identifying themselves publicly as gay or lesbian -- even if they are not -- to better understand what it feels like to be different.

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