PRIDE Alliance will present the 16th annual Day of Silence on Friday, April 20. Students who wish to help end prejudice and injustice toward members of the LGBT community are encouraged to make a statement about bullying and harassment by remaining silent during the day, echoing the silence that ensues from teasing and name calling.
“PRIDE annually participates in National Day of Silence, and we do so with the intention to educate the HWS community about the mental, emotional, and physical suffering of LGBT people all around us every day,” explains President of PRIDE Julia Leavitt ’13. “It is certain that we cannot put an end to prejudice in one day; however, with dedicated effort, we can inspire our peers to join with us for one day to remember victims of anti-gay bullying like Tyler Clemente, as well as the many survivors that walk beside us every day.”
Throughout the course of the week, PRIDE will table in the Scandling Campus Center to educate the school community about what Day of Silence symbolizes and to inform the campus about upcoming events. They will also distribute information cards and some “Gay? Fine By Me,” T-shirts to heighten awareness of the event.
Ending on a high note, PRIDE will host an “Air Band Glow Out” event on Friday at 10 p.m. in the Barn.
“Day of Silence will be a time to remember,” says Leavitt. “Air Band will be a time to celebrate.”
A collaborative effort between many on-campus clubs, the event will feature much on-campus talent. Featured performances include a drag show hosted by the Late Nite Krew and a vogue dancing performance organized by Residential Education Area Coordinator Darnell Pierce. There will also be performances by the Hip-notiQ’s Step Team and William Smith Rugby Club.
Following these performances, the “Glow Out” part of the night will commence as students are provided with free glow sticks and a DJ takes over the sound system.