Day of Silence

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This Friday is the Day of Silence, a day dedicated to bringing attention to the harassed and bullied LGBTQ students in the country and across the world, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). We want to offer Figs the chance to support this movement and everything that it stands for.

On April 20, the Day of Silence, Figment’s homepage will be silent. The Handpicked Figs will feature blank stories. These stories will not have anything inside of them–the stories will be silent.

If you’d like to participate, create a story on Figment, but leave the content blank. You can title your piece whatever you’d like and you can use the description to explain why you’re participating, but the story itself should be empty. Tag your story dayofsilence2012 and post it before 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 19. Five random stories will be chosen to represent Day of Silence on the homepage. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Please read the promotional guidelines here.

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34 thoughts on “Day of Silence

  1. I find this event offensive; is there somebody I can contact to make my complaint known, as well as the reasons for my being upset by this? If so, please let me know.

  2. FINALLY!!Lol I have been a supporter for the longest time. I have written four gay pride speeches… and I plan on writing more now!!

    Love you all!! Keep on being awesome!!:D

  3. I don’t agree with this. And I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of figs who don’t also. Never the less I have my Christian views on things. Can I still post something, even if it doesn’t directly support this, but doesn’t completely bash it either? I think if Figment were open, it would be able to support lots of opinions as long as it were appropriate and not mean and immature. My challenge to figment: let’s see if they can feature at least one story on the home page that shows something different then directly supporting the cause.

    Just my take on this. Not to be taken offensively.

  4. While I don’t agree with homosexuality I am against bullying. Nobody should be bullied, regardless of who they are.
    I don’t know if this should be promoted as strictly a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network thing though but rather for all victims of bullying and harrassment.

    • Well the Day of Silence is not for bullying in general, it’s for the the bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against LGBTQ people. This day is for them and them only because so often their voices don’t get heard. Turning it into a general bullying day would only silence their voices more. This kind of bullying is unique. People get killed because of their sexuality, because they are “different”. The bullying of LGBTQ kids is a microcosm of a larger feeling of hate and nonacceptance towards them. So it can’t really be lumped into a larger anti-bully day.

  5. This is a load of trash.
    Don’t try to sit here in my face and spew this bigot garbage.
    Just the fact that this thing was sponsored by the GLSEN means you’re already biased.
    If you want to stop bullying tell people to stop bullying everybody! Not just the gay guy who walks into class wearing a dress and thinks he won’t get teased.
    Tell us to stop bullying the black kid, the Asian kid, the freckled kid, and the red head, etc.
    I don’t believe bullying people is correct. I believe all people should be treated with dignity and respect. But I don’t believe in this thing that you are doing. You’re handpicking one group of people to support.
    I will not support your cause. It’s garbage.
    I would have supported it if you wanted to end ALL bullying. Not pick and choose which bullying you want to stop.
    “STOP picking on the gay kid! But go ahead and pick on the Christian.” It’s bullshit!
    Figment just went another notch down on my respect list for having this crap on the site.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if one of you moderators removed this comment.

    • I agree with everything you just stated. Personal beliefs make me disagree with this event but you bring up very logical points.
      Why just support the gays? Black kids need help, Jews need help, hell, everybody needs some help!
      The media persecutes people of Faith everyday but I don’t see Figment with an event to support them.
      I knew Figment was liberal but this is ridiculous.
      Have a Day of Silence for the millions of aborted babies we killed last year.
      Have a Day of Silence for the thousands of missionaries that were killed in the Middle East and other dangerous places.
      Don’t just have a Day of Silence for a bunch of oddballs.

    • I strongly disagree.
      Yes, everyone does need help and bullying is awful but there are so many charities and organizations that help them. The LGBTS get a special day because they are often seen as “unnatural” and don’t get the help that many others do.
      You don’t have to like my opinion and I don’t have to like yours. I respect what you say but please say it in a kinder way.
      You don’t have to bash on this and call it bullshit. If you’re going to be homophobic/a troll/ use foul language–please don’t post here and keep your opinion to yourself OR find someone to talk to about it.

  6. hey! on the day of silence, i am going to be completly silent, no speaking a single word! i wanna see how it goes, especaly because i have about 600 bulies at my school glaring at me. so if any one wants ot do that, reply to this post and say you will no mk=aking ab=nyone do this though.

  7. Thank you for creating this.
    Bullying is bad in any form. This is an attempt to stop a very common type. It has good intentions. Thank you figment for trying to make a difference.

  8. I’d like to thank Figment for creating this contest and for continuing to ensure that the site is a safe and non-discriminatory haven for all writers.

    For those of you who are incensed by the fact that Figment would stoop to honour the Day of Silence and to “just support the gays,” here’s a little background for you:

    While I don’t know all the particulars behind the creation of this contest, I do know that last year a group of Figment’s LGBTQ writers requested that Figment create an LGBTQ-themed contest centered around this date. It was too late last year for Figment to honour that request but management said that it would keep the idea in mind. On Day of Silence 2011, several of us participated in a writer-created-and-managed contest/event.

    This year writers again petitioned Figment to create this particular contest. I’m thrilled that it was feasible this year.

    So… I would respectfully suggest to those of you who want a non-discriminatory event honouring other groups: get your act together, ask politely, and be patient.

    I find it hard to understand why anyone would find this particular contest offensive. Its aim is to highlight the fact that LGBTQ youth are bullied and silenced in their schools. Why is that considered offensive? If this event were geared toward any other minority group, would it still be considered offensive?

    I’m proud of being part of this incredible collection of writers. And I’m grateful to Figment for supporting all writers.

  9. Hey, I just wanted to thank figment for hosting such a wonderful contest! Me and everyone down on Queer Figs thanks you!

  10. Thank you mods for drawing attention to this day 🙂 I’m so glad that the word is being spread and this contest is a wonderful idea. Thank you!

  11. I want to personally thank Figment for making this contest. I know a lot of people who’ve been beat up, bullied, threatened to be tortured or even killed, attempted suicide, and lost all hope due to anti-gay attitudes. Anti-gay attitudes that have been unfortunately left on this comments section, in front of some of those who have been attacked, bullied, and looked down upon multiple times in their lives. It is important to me that people see why Day of Silence is a vital day to the LGBTQ community, and I’m extremely grateful that Figment – my ultimate favorite online community – has also seen why. You guys really have no idea how much this means to me, thank you so much.

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