You may or may not have noticed that on Friday, April 15th there were no social media messages from me. There wasn’t a peep from me on Twitter, Tumblr, my blog, or even Facebook. On Friday, I took a Vow of Silence as part of supporting the GLBT community and their goal to eliminate bullying and anti-GLBT harassment in school.
Vow of Silence for Day of Silence
Day of Silence encouraged students to remain silent in schools to bring attention to this problem, and since I work virtually most days, it made most sense for me to take a social media vow of silence.
Earlier last week my friend, Laurie Ruettiman wrote a very compelling article about being gay at work and some of you may also remember when I lost my cousin to suicide last year. My cousin was one of the smartest and most musically talented persons I know. He was gay and like many was verbally abused and made to feel less than human because of something genetic and not of his own control.
So when I stumbled onto www.dayofsilence.org after seeing a Facebook message, I felt compelled to participate. So maybe you wondered where I was on Friday or maybe you didn’t. I took a vow of silence to honor the Day of Silence as well as my family.
And while my phone didn’t ring off the hook on Friday, I did receive a handful of calls inquiring on why I was taking a vow of social media silence. And maybe you did too. So now you know.