Respond to Day of Silence

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Day Of Silence | 8 comments

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of the Day of Silence.

8 Comments

  1. i participated in Palomar”s Day of Silence on the 18th. i have to say i was looking forward to this day. i got a lot of mixed responses as to my silence. my boyfriend supported me and tried to help me translate as best he could. i had one man say he admired my vow of silence, even if it was for just a couple of hours. i felt really empowered by something as simple as not speaking. some people did mock me and others begged and bribed me to speak. over all i really enjoyed this experience and i would participate in it again.
    -arlette

  2. Participating in the day of silence was rather hard I have to admitt. At first, I really didnt thnk that the whole concept would make sence and I didnt think people would understand it. I Particpated with this event at work and I did explain to my manager what it was about. She was really supportive of it and she knew that I really wanted to particiapte in it. As the day went by, I could definetly see that it was really empowering not being able to speak to anyone. I really enjoyed this activty. I would like to do this again and Im sure this will send a message to all.

  3. Participating in the day of silence was a very strange experience for me, but also an enlightening one. For several times of the day where I chose not to speak, I found more difficulty since it was harder to communicate how I was feeling or answer a question asked me—before all I had to do was open my mouth and speak a few words. However, there was also something about that made me feeling empowered. I had control over whether I spoke or not; no one could force me to speak if I didn’t want to. I guess that’s what happens when you make a big choice. Life can get more difficult, but also way more freeing.

  4. On April 18th I was lucky to see a group who were participating in the Day of Silence. It was amazing to not only see the group but also to observe onlookers responses. The responses varied. Some were like me and were gladded to see people participating, others who didn’t really know what it was for kind of either walked by while a few laughed. For me when I saw them I was glad that it wasn’t just a day where people were just going to be silent, but that there was a group spreading the word of it being a Day of Silence. Having them wearing red with tape around their mouths made them be noticed. Seeing this group was great because it spread the word of not only it be a day of silence but of the what it was a day of silence for, what group , and made people acknowledge the LGBTQ community more.

  5. I have been participating in the day of silence since my freshman year in high school when I first learned what it was about. I have always been a supporter of equal rights for the LGBTQ community, but had never really been able to participate in any events. My time participating in the day of silence was probably one of the more difficult things I’ve done. I talk a lot, so being silent for an entire day was definitely a challenge. I remember a few of my friends also participated that day, but there were not too many others. At first, I didn’t really understand why they called it the “day of silence”. I have always known there is a great mystery to silence, but I never understood how it related to such tragic events. Nevertheless, I participated without question.
    The next year, I once again participated. This year, however, the gay straight alliance club at my school had taken the time to set up tombstones around the school. Each tombstone had a name and a story about someone in the LGBTQ community who had been harassed or even killed because of their sexual orientation. And underneath each person’s name, the words “SILENCED” were printed on every tombstone. When I arrived at school that day, I noticed that unlike the previous year, the entire school was quiet. A haunting feeling took over me and I felt a chill go down my spine. It was so powerful to see that the entire school had decided to participate.
    This year at Palomar College, I felt the day of silence was just as powerful as at my high school. Granted, the whole school didn’t participate, but there was definitely a chill in the air. The memory of the lives who had been taken had passed over the school and left their mark. I can’t wait to see how the day of silence turns out next year. I encourage people to participate, because it is an experience you will not forget.

  6. I found more difficulty since it was harder to communicate how I was feeling or answer a question asked me—before all I had to do was open my mouth and speak a few words.

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