Here, the event is also a big deal - in the entirely opposite direction. They made Day of Silence t-shirts to hand out, and all of them were gone within two days - a thousand or more t-shirts. I overheard administrators reminding each other to wear them. I'm not sure how many people are actually taking vows of silence for the day, but the idea at least is well-supported and I imagine the events - a silent vigil and a "breaking the silence" party later - will be well-attended.
So... what's the point? Always the question, whether I'm doing it in high school or here at "gay mecca." We're certainly not protesting discrimination at OUR school (though Cuccinelli's attempt to reinstate discrimination in Virginia schools could certainly be seen as a "silencing," it's pretty much a non-issue at this point).
The PRISM (queer club) president said it this way:
"The Day of Silence is intended to recognize those in the GLBTTQQIAAP community who have been forced to remain silent about their identity due to hate and ignorance. The Day of Silence is an event to celebrate all members of the community and acknowledge the struggle they have faced. "
I really like that. This an incredibly open school - there's a lot of ability to be out and proud and a wide support system. But when we all go home in a couple of weeks, that won't be the reality for a lot of people. I like the idea of setting aside a day to acknowledge that sometimes being gay really sucks, but there's a community here to support and celebrate us all.
So... That's why I'm silent today! Don't worry, I'll be back to loud and obnoxious first thing tomorrow.