YFT Makes International Headlines with Day of Silence Flash Mob!
DALLAS – Gay and lesbian youth from Youth First Texas demonstrated at a silent flash mob Friday at the Rosa Parks Plaza to honor the National Day of Silence.
With their mouth covered in duct tape and homemade surgical mask, the youth joined hundreds of thousands of students nationwide to take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.
The flash mob took place at 5 p.m. in which participants literally froze in place for five minutes while other park patrons continued on with their daily lives. Some park patrons were confused while others stood stunned at the sight of the frozen youth.
After the flash mob ended at the Plaza, the youth started phase two of their silent protest on a one-mile train ride to the Southern Methodist University campus where a “Breaking the Silence” event was being held by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network.
Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
In a bold move, President Barack Obama on Thursday in support of LGBT rights presented a memorandum to the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prevent hospitals from denying visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners.
“There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. … Yet every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides,” the president said.
Obama ordered that any hospital receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding must allow patients to decide who can visit them and prohibit discrimination based on a variety of characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.