Monday, April 24, 2006

Day of Silence

Our last event of the year is Breaking the Silence: A Forum on Gendered Hate Crimes, this Wednesday, April 26th @ 7PM in Friedman Lounge in Wohl Center on the South 40.

The Day of Silence is a day in which people of all sexual orientations and gender identities who support GLBTQIA rights take a vow of silence to recognize and protest the silence that LGBTQIA people face each day. Every year we hope that the silence, discrimination, and violence directed at GLBTQIA people will end, however it is not just 'gay' people who suffer from violence or harassment. At this event we hope to raise awareness of the roles that gender and gender norms play in dictating all people's actions, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. A panel of experts will address pertinent topics that relate to this large issue, including some of the following questions:

What do you do if you see or are a survivor of a hate crime? What is a hate crime? How can you be there for a friend? What can we do to reduce the number of future hate crimes? This event will take place on April 26th on the National Day of Silence, at 7PM where we will "Break the Silence" in Friedman Lounge in Wohl Center. FREE PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED!

We will be tabling in Mallinckrodt on Wednesday from 11-1PM; drop by to pick up a rainbow ribbon!Co-Sponsored by: Pride Alliance, Uncle Joe's Peer Counseling and Resource Center, Safe Zones, Keshet, 1 in 4, Womyn's Resource Center, and the Social Justice Center.

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