On Friday, April 21, I encourage you not to speak up in class.

I encourage you not to make small talk with a passing friend.

I encourage you to keep quiet.

This day is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) Day of Silence. It’s a national student-led event that brings awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools. Students in thousands of schools take a vow of silence to encourage people to address this issue and demonstrate the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ or perceived LGBTQ students.

At WSU, students may be participating in the Day of Silence independently, but what has been organized in honor of this day?

On Sunday, April 23 at 3pm the Walk of Silence to End Violence will be held to raise awareness for gender-based violence at Windom Park in Winona. Donations are accepted and there will be different raffles with $1 tickets. All of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center of Winona. Co-sponsors of this event include the KEAP Diversity Center, Student Senate, Her Campus, Students UnitedRE Initiative, FORGE, Full Spectrum, Ad Fed, Women of Color Association, WGSS students and Greek Life.

Take the vow of silence on Friday, and finish out the weekend with the Walk of Silence. It’s important to remember that silence can create change, and discrimination in any form is not okay. As Warriors, we must band together and take a stand — or walk — against anti-LGBTQ behavior.

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Allison Mueller

Allison is a Journalism major and Psychology minor from Oshkosh, WI graduating in 2017. She is also the blog manager for the WSU Student Blogs. Her interests include rollerblading, hanging out with friends, playing soccer and basketball, and watching Netflix.

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