Anais Nin: You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.


APRIL 25, 2008- What are you going to do to end the silence?

The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. This year’s event will be held in memory of Lawrence King, a California 8th-grader who was shot and killed Feb. 12 by a classmate because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. Hundreds of thousands of students are expected to participate on April 25 so that Lawrence and the countless others who endure anti-LGBT bias will not be forgotten.

As a former member of The Gay-Straight Alliance in my old high school, i've been participating in this silent protest for 3 years, including this year. This is important to me, not because i'm gay or a supporter of the gay community,  but because me voice is one of my biggest assets. It is loud, often very clear, strong, passionate, understanding and as human as anyone else's. I chose to participate because I think that discrimination on any level of society, on any frame, side of humanity is indeed wrong, as it has been happening since the beginning of mankind. My involvement in The Day of Silence is out of love and respect  for those who have chosen to show their true colors to the world when so many find it hard to do so and exist in a lie.

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