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Day of silence tomorrow!
Again, the link is http://www.dayofsilence.org/.

And I got this via some ([edit]was "local", but then I realized that I didn't know really) LGBT mailing list:
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PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY. FORWARD TO YOUR LOCAL MEDIA!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1413 K St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005
United States Student Association (USSA) Foundation
Day of Silence national organizer: Nicholas Sakurai, 202-347-8772,
lgbt@usstudents.org

Students at 700 Colleges Protest for LGBT Rights

Washington, D.C. -- On Wednesday, April 13, 2005, the U.S. Student
Association (USSA) will coordinate students at 700 colleges and universities
to participate in a national Day of Silence to demand policy changes and
call attention to the silencing and barriers lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) students face in higher education. At the end of the
day-long demonstration, students break their silence and make their voices
heard: "LGBT student rights now!"

"Our generation is bringing overdue change. The majority of youth believe
LGBT people should have basic rights, including marriage," said Nicholas
Sakurai, Director of the LGBT Student Empowerment Project at USSA
Foundation. "LGBT people need support to obtain a higher education.
Providing colleges with LGBT resources will educate everyone - not just LGBT
people - with the essential skills and information required in our
ever-changing world."

Numerous campuses will use the Day of Silence to gain visibility for their
LGBT student groups or to create awareness about the need for basic policies
and services that protect LGBT students from discrimination and educate the
entire campus about LGBT issues. There are countless examples. For examples
and local student contacts, call USSA directly at 202-347-8772.

"The rights of LGBT students are often denied when it comes to critical
campus functions such as financial aid, housing, or health care," said USSA
Vice President Eddy Morales. "The anti-gay and anti-transgender attitudes
that we face daily are unacceptable. Homophobia only detracts from higher
education."

The Day of Silence is sponsored by USSA and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight
Education Network (GLSEN). Founded in 1996 at the University of Virginia,
Day of Silence has since grown into the largest national day of action for
LGBT rights. USSA is the oldest and largest national student association and
has been serving as the voice of students in our nation's capital since
1947.
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