by Brett Parsons
I was 7 the first time I learned that people are discriminated against based on sexual orientation. I was sitting in church and my friend’s sister went up to talk. She started to explain how their family’s search for a church was difficult because they couldn’t find a church that would accept a family with two moms. That blew my naïve and sheltered mind. They were a family of smart, amazing, nice women, why, I asked myself, would people not accept them. One of my childhood best friends had two moms and I knew a lot of same-sex couples, and I never thought of their relationships as better or worse than any relationship between a man and women. The fact that people would turn my friend’s family away just because of who they chose to love was outrageous to me. Since that day my feelings about equality of people who identify as LGBTQ+ have grown and developed and I try to do everything I can to stand up for equal rights.
So why did I decide to participate in Day of Silence? Because I believe it isn’t fair that people get harassed over something like who they love or what they identify as. I participated because my deepest sympathies go out to anyone who has ever been attacked, bullied or harassed and I want people to know that. I want to bring attention to the fact that people do get harassed for being who they want to be and loving who they want to love, and I want to give my support in any way I can.
I also just want to do a little shout out to HB for being such an amazing school, for not only promoting the Day of Silence but being so completely understanding about all the students participating in all the classes. We go to an amazing school that accepts us all as who we are and creates a safe environment for girls to thrive.