MEDIA CONTACT: Sean Pierce
Students from FAU’s MacArthur Campus Participate in ‘Day of Silence’
JUPITER, FL (April 16, 2007) - Students from Florida Atlantic University will join others across the nation in a “Day of Silence” to protest the bullying, harassment and name-calling faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth every day. The Day of Silence project will take place on Wednesday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the library, dining hall and classrooms at FAU’s MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.
Participants will wear stickers, remain silent throughout the day, and pass out “speaking cards” to represent the unspoken voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and their allies. The protest includes a silent lunch and a “Breaking the Silence” event in the dining hall, where the students will be able to share their experiences and discuss the program’s overall intentions. In addition, there will be information tables on display.
“We are blessed to have such an open-minded student body that, at times, we forget that the rest of the world is not so accepting,” said Samantha Montgomery, a local organizer of the event. “It is especially relevant to the campus because this event allows us to remember the lacking civil rights for the LGBTQ community in our state and our country.”
The event is coordinated by the FAU Honors College Resident Student Association. For more information, contact Sean Pierce at 561-799-8828. For information about the nationally organized Day of Silence, visit www.dayofsilence.org.
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