I feel kinda nerdish for making a big fuss about the Day of Silence. I'm excited, but scared about it. To get to the point, I'm hoping to organize the first ever DOS at my high school. We don't have a GSA, but we have students interested in forming one. The counselor that is guiding us in requesting a GSA will be the one i will talk to about the Day of Silence. I need to convince her and my principal to let us organize this event. I'm even hoping to get my friends in Middle School to request the even there too. First, please read this request letter to the principal, and I need your input.
Mr. (principal's name):
Have you ever heard of the Day of Silence? It is a student-led event that protests anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender bullying, harassment, and name-calling. It was created by former student Maria Pulzetti, and the first event was organized by students at the University of Virginia in 1996. The following year Pulzetti and Jessie Gilliam developed the project to be used in schools nationally. The event was named the National Day of Silence, and nearly 100 colleges and universities participated. In 2000, Gilliam Palenchar of the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) developed the proposal for the day to become an official project of GLSEN. In recent years, the Day of Silence has been reported as "the largest one-day student-led grassroots action on LGBT rights in American history." Now, (town's name) students want to be part of that history.
The national event is held on a Wednesday in April; this year’s Day Of Silence is April 18th. Students wish to participate in this event to show their support for their queer or questioning peers. For the times they couldn’t say what they felt for fear of rejection. For those who can’t speak out against the name-calling. For each time someone uses the phrase “that’s gay” to describe something negative. Students will be taking a stand by taking a vow of silence to represent the silence faced by queer youth and their allies everyday. On the Day of Silence, rather than speaking, participants hand out “speaking cards” explaining their reasons for remaining silent throughout the day. The vow ends at the end of the school day, but that doesn’t mean our actions won’t leave a lasting effect.
I hope that you will support the students in this event. The Day of Silence is an opportunity for students to take the initiative to teach one another about diversity, respect, and safety for all students. Students gain leadership skills, provide a valuable service to the school community, and empower themselves by realizing their ability to make a difference in their school. Please take this proposal into deep consideration. When the school rejects your requests of acceptance, where else can a student turn to?
Thank you for taking the time to hear my proposal.
Well, that's the letter I'm hoping to present to my counselor and principal. Do you think it'll work? Is it too pushy? I really want to get this approved and organized. The only problem I feel is that the principal may say that there isn't trouble at our school, and that's partly true. Gay issues are avoided at my school. I do hear kids harassing a friend of mine because they think he's gay, but I haven't personally experienced harrassment. But, I still feel there are negative things happening that I'm not aware of.
Well, thanks for reading this. Please, input is needed. Also, if others are out there organizing and planning, tell me what you're doing. Other comments are good too, even if it's just expressing excitment