Friday, April 16, 2010

National Day of Prayer 2010 Canceled | Protest



National Day of Prayer 2010 Canceled| Protest on Hot Topics --- National Day of Prayer 2010 Canceled| Protest. Today, April 16, is National Day of Prayer 2010. On April 16, students across America can show solidarity with their peers who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT).

The Day of Silence is meant to protest the bullying and harassment directed towards many queer-identified individuals and their supporters (or allies) specifically in schools, but also in society as a whole. This is an organized national movement, which took place at more than 8,000 different institutions (high schools, colleges and universities) and engaged more than 100,000 students in 2008. This year will mark the 14th annual Day of Silence, which was originally held at the University of Virginia.

The event began in 1996 when over 150 students at the University of Virginia organized a Day of Silence to draw attention to homophobia and anti-gay harassment. The Day of Silence was covered extensively by the local press and was largely well received by the UVA community, which made the event's organizers think it would be a good idea to expand to a National Day of Silence. Since then, the event has grown year on year, with similar events now being held in other countries such as Australia.

At February 12, 2008, 15-year- old Lawrence King was shot and killed by a 14-year old peer in California, simply for being gay and having effeminate qualities. He was shot twice from point-blank range on school property. April 9, 2009, an 11-year old Massachusetts boy, Carl Walker-Hoover, who did not identify as gay, went home after school and hanged himself after daily taunts of being a “fag.” His mother made weekly requests to the school to address the problem, but there was no effort made.

Last year, just days before the 2009 Day of Silence, 11-year-old Massachusetts student Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover took his own life after suffering a campaign of sustained bullying over his perceived sexuality. You can read more about Carl's tragic story by going here.

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