Priyanka Srivastava and Julia Astram
The Day of Silence has become a renowned day which brings attention to LGBTQ bullying and how it is an overwhelming issue within our society. Students all over the country, regardless of their sexual orientation, participate by staying silent for an entire day. Ms. Voss, who helped organize the event this year said, “I am so proud of the Foran community for showing such solidarity around this issue. My hope is that we will remember every day, not just one day a year, that there are members of the LGBTQ community among us who need our acceptance, understanding, and support.” “The tradition began at the University of Virginia in 1996, and has since expanded tremendously. 78 students from Foran High School have come together to address this issue, and have decided to participate in the Day of Silence. Isabella Teixeira, a sophomore, said, “I have a lot of family members and friends who are LGBT youth; therefore, I felt very passionate about doing the Day of Silence”. There are many other students who feel just as passionate about this day. Junior Vinny Tran said,”The Day of Silence is a way to show support to the LGBTQ community since they are not comfortable expressing themselves sometimes, and I want to help show my support and help show how difficult it can be for students in an uncomfortable environment”. The goal of the participants among the Foran community are to spread awareness of the challenges and hardships which the LGBTQ community faces on a day-to-day basis. Sam Martinez, junior, said,”The Day of Silence is extremely important. It symbolizes the silence the LGBTQ community is forced into by discrimination. I am honored to be a part of this day”. Students can get involved with the cause by registering on the GLSEN website, the organization which implements this symbolic day each year.