Today we will honor the late but very young in age, Lawrence King. A, 15 year old young man that was murdered simply due to his sexual orientation and gender expression.
All across school campuses LGBT&I students are protesting the discrimination -harassment - bullying -and violence which they are subjected to on a near daily basis.
With the help of their supporters and allies hopefully our 12Th year of commemoration will draw us one step closer to the understanding, that diversity is the very link that unites us.
Students passed out speaking cards, which read:
Silent for Lawrence King:
Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence (DOS), a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment. This year’s DOS is held in memory of Lawrence King, a 15 year-old student who was killed in school because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward building awareness and making a commitment to address these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today."