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    This story is also on the web at: http://www.umaffirm.org/news/2005dayofsilence.html Affirmation Endorses Day of Silence For Immediate Release, February 3,
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      This story is also on the web at:
      http://www.umaffirm.org/news/2005dayofsilence.html

      Affirmation Endorses Day of Silence
      For Immediate Release, February 3, 2005

      The National Council of Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian,
      Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns endorsed this year's "Day of
      Silence" on January 26, 2005. Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian &
      Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the event is scheduled for
      Wednesday, April 13, 2005.

      The Day of Silence, a project of GLSEN in collaboration with the
      United States Student Association (USSA), is a national student-led
      effort in which participants take a vow of silence to peacefully
      protest the discrimination and harassment faced by lesbian, gay,
      bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in schools.

      Affirmation's co-spokesperson Rev. Peggy R. Gaylord said, "We are
      pleased to affirm the mission of the Day of Silence. We recognize and
      acknowledge the importance of young people's roles in the social
      justice movement. They've asked us, What are you going to do to end
      the silence?" The first thing we're going to do is support their
      effort and tell others about it."

      Last year's Day of Silence was the most successful and widely
      supported since the event's inception in 1996. An estimated record
      300,000 students from more than 3,000 K-12 schools, colleges and
      universities in all 50 states participated.

      Jesús Ortega, Executive Director of OUT YOUTH in Austin was among
      the list of this year's endorsers to express his support for the
      event, "We at OUT YOUTH believe that a national day of silence in
      protest of anti-LGBT bias is remarkable, critical and important. The
      youth, by making a vow of silence for one day, scream beyond words:
      'Equality for All Students.'"

      In addition to observances throughout the day on campuses, many
      students participate in "Breaking the Silence" rallies at the Day's
      end, events at which students come together to express themselves and
      share their experiences with members of their local communities.

      GLSEN announced mid-January that more than 70 new national and local
      organizations signed on in the first week of outreach. Organizations
      interested in showing support of the project can become endorsers on
      the Day of Silence website at http://www.dayofsilence.org , which also
      has more information and a complete collection of organizing
      materials. Endorsers to date may be seen at
      http://www.dayofsilence.org/endorsements/endorsers.php .

      GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on
      ensuring safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
      students. Established nationally in 1995, GLSEN envisions a world in
      which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless
      of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. For more
      information on GLSEN's educational resources, public policy agenda,
      student organizing programs or development initiatives, visit
      http://www.glsen.org .

      Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &
      Transgender Concerns is an independent voice of LGBT people and their
      allies who affirm full participation of all persons in the church and
      society and who relentlessly pursue policies and processes to that
      end. Together we proclaim a Gospel of respect, love, justice and mercy
      for all. Affirmation is an activist, all-volunteer, not-for-profit
      organization with no official ties to The United Methodist Church.

      How to Contact Us:
      Affirmation email: umaffirmation@...
      Affirmation web: http://www.umaffirm.org
      Snail-Mail: Affirmation, P.O. Box 1021, Evanston, IL 60204.
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