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03/09/2012

This year, Day of Dialogue will strike first; that's good for us!

by Jeremy Hooper

Historically, the anti-LGBT/pro-"ex-gay" Day of Dialogue (which used to be called the Day of Truth) comes the day after the pro-LGBT/anti-bullying Day of Silence. But this year, there's a switch. In 2012, the negative effort will come to America's public schools one day before GLSEN's positive program:

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This is a great thing! Because while the junk-science-pushing Day of Dialogue never really makes that much of a national impact in comparison to GLSEN's right-headed effort, it's always bugged me the way the religious right set it up, intentionally (and forcefully) seizing the last word on the subject. But this year? Focus on the Family and its Day of Dialogue allies are going to kick things off, going into the schools first and pushing all kinds of anti-LGBT/pro-"ex-gay" nonsense. That means the pro-inclusivity, anti-bullying side will get to have the final (silent) say about an obvious problem.

I say this new setup is great because it will only help Day of Silence highlight the fact that is an inherently responsive approach to the other side's constant stigmatization. After a day of what is clearly an attempt to "change" gays and halt the growing progress among young people, those who respect reality for what it is will get to have a responsive vigil of sorts. It will only make the first day seem even more like the aggressive act that it is, and make the pro-peace Day of Silence seem even more dignified by comparison.

The rainbow will follow the rain. I love it!

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