Spring is here and the purportedly silenced “LGBTQQAP” students are once again hijacking instructional time in middle and high schools for their political stunt called the Day of Silence (DOS), which this year takes place tomorrow, April 22, 2022. On this day, students are urged to refuse to speak all day, including during instructional time.
This political protest was created by two students at the University of Virginia in 1996. In 2002, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) took over the Day of Silence. GLSEN continues to call this a “student-led” event even though GLSEN provides instructions to students and teachers as well as sells t-shirts, temporary tattoos, bookmarks, pins, pronoun buttons, lanyards, “zines,” “LGBTQ” history cards, stickers, masks, and “I [heart] Inclusive Schools” composition books. You name it, they sell it—well, except truth.