10% Club to hold Day of Silence

Fort Hays State University will be a little quieter on April 13, 2005 when Students of the 10% Club: Gay-Straight Alliance join students across the nation in a Day of Silence to protest the discrimination, harassment and abuse, in effect the silencing, faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students and their allies in schools.

" The Day of Silence is especially relevant to FHSU because students use the words gay, queer and faggot in casual conversation without even realizing the harm of the words," said Eric Fleming, Wichita, senior and 10% Club president. "Gay slanders are the last socially acceptable form of discrimination and by our silence we hope to make others think before they speak."

The Day of Silence, a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network project, will be held all day on April 13 at FHSU. All 10% Club members, and others, will be wearing "Day of Silence" T-shirts and passing out speaking cards that read:

" Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?"

For more information, or to take part, contact Fleming at (316) 253-2005 or by e-mail at bluepheonixx@netscape.net.

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