I'm all for the idea of shutting up to show how important we actually are, but I feel like silencing ourselves won't really help the issue. Friday should be "National Day of Screaming as Loud as You F$cking Can!" People show know we're here, and that we're being hurt and killed, not hiding behind our fears in silence.
I created the NDOS program for UT this semester (a monologue performance of student-created gay experiences--total success!), and the one thing I took away from it is that staying quiet is not the right approach. I can understand the logic behind it, but for one, trying to get a gay guy to shut up for half an hour is already impossible--why are we trying to suppress ourselves for a whole day?
Now, I'm not saying scream out profanities at those we hate and get all striking and offensive on people--not at all. Our screams for recognition should controlled and directed into constructive means, like the monologue performance. So many people attended the event that are not a part of the mother organization, the Lambda Student Union, and i feel that this was the most important part: people heard our screams.So on Friday, I'm not going to be quiet. I'm not going to sit in silence. I'm gonna the whole damn world know what i have to say!