The various national (and some local) gay and lesbian groups have promoted a great variety of silly gimmicks to get their message across that it becomes hard to determine which is the silliest.
Well, today the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is sponsoring a Day of Silence where at schools across the country, “students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students and their supporters.” That certainly ranks up there.
I just don’t see what these stunts accomplish in a day when gay students are free to organize and speak out in favor of openness and inclusion and against discrimination.
I know that some social conservatives overreact to this Day, with one promoting a video about the project which “exposes how our children are being indoctrinated, held captive and forced to accept an unproven and dangerous ideology while Biblical Truth is undermined” (via Althouse). Silly the stunt but be, but indoctrination it is not.
I just wonder though at the need of gay groups to promote events where people go out of their way to advertise their difference and to make a statement. Wouldn’t it just be easier to encourage students to come out and live their lives openly and telling them to be unafraid to report any harassment by their peers?
Such stunts seemed geared to a different time when people were less open about their sexuality than they are today.
(It seems I had something else to add–and may at a later time–but am drawing a blank right now. Maybe it will come out in response to the comments.)