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Gay Rights- Silence Is Equality

Homosexuals are bullied, shuned and go as far as commiting suicide. This needs to change.
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Melyssa Ascarrunz

on 18 May 2011

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Transcript of Gay Rights- Silence Is Equality

Homosexuality a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex By: Melyssa Acarrunz Game Plan In a 2007 study, 86% of LGBT students said that they had experienced harassment at school during the previous year. (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network -- GLSEN) Research indicates that LGB youth may be more likely to think about and attempt suicide than heterosexual teens. (GLSEN) According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network 2007 National School Climate Survey of more than 6,000 students...

• Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth reported being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation • Nearly two-thirds (60.8 percent) who experienced harassment or assault never reported the incident to the school

• Of those who did report the incident, nearly one-third (31.1 percent) said the school staff did nothing in response Statistics NO H8 GAY RIGHTS Organizations FCK H8 These organizations help
people who are struggling on a daily
basis with their sexuality. Gays are free to ask for help
they have some where to turn. These groups are all around the
country, in schools and communties. It's my turn to help the gay community.. Laurin Marlette,
a Junior at Monrovia High School
in California. President of Gay Straight Alliance club
and an active member of any organization that stops the
hatred of gays. She is currently in the process of planning out
the day and time to get her school to be silent. If everyone in her school can be silent from their first bell to their second it could make a difference. I asked her if she was interested and she was more than happy to listen. Each month her GSA Club (Gay, Straight Alliance) will get their entire school to be silent for those who were bullied and brought down and think about those who committed suicide because of their sexuality. I believe if they do this long enough that it will become a regular procedure and it would start having an affect on people and change the way they see others. Even saying a fact over the loud speaker every time they have this moment could make a difference. Other communites could find out about it and slowly be on the national level. Here at Catholic during lent we
took a couple minutes to be silent.
Silence can speak louder than words. So, I took this idea and decided to tell my friend in California about it This picture became many young Americans
profile picture on Facebook. The idea is to
keep silent an entire day so they could use their
voices later. I turned the duration to be silent
down and made this notion more realistic to schools
and other communities. Conclusion The gay community has never been accepted.
They fight to be accepted and equal everyday of their
lives. Their lives deserve a change, even starting small at
a school. It still counts and it matters, this can change how
teenagers treat eachother. It can save someones life. My plan
can save many lives and build confidence for those who were too
afraid to speak up. Citations http://www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org/index.html It Gets Better Project. Web. 17 May 2011. <http://www.itgetsbetter.org/>. "Go FCK H8!!! / IGossip." Home / IGossip. Web. 17 May 2011. <http://igossip.com/gossip/Go_FCK_H8_NSFW/1314633>. Web. 17 May 2011. <http://wordnet.princeton.edu/>. Facebook Profile Pictures- Lauren Marlette
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