For this blog piece I am going to do a reflection on “Safe Spaces” by Annemarie Vaccaro, Gerri August, and Megan S. Kennedy.
While reading “Safe Spaces” I was continuously thinking about how I do not remember having any experiences with my teachers including LGBT ideas into curriculum. With this being said, as I read the many different ways that teachers have included this idea in their classroom I was pretty taken aback about how I never had this. But as I got to the end of the article one thing came to my mind that I was able to connect to this piece. In high school, I remember there being one day a year called the “Day of Silence”. I am going to be honest and say I never really knew what this day was truly about expect for the fact that individual’s who were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender did not talk for the whole day. Looking back at this I now have a different perspective on the idea. Those who may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender were searching for their place. I feel as if this day must exist in order for LGBT individuals to have their voices heard by not saying anything at all, or even so they have one day to not feel “invisible” while drawing attention by participating.
Day of Silence is defined as a day to protest the bullying and harassment of LGBT students and their supporters, which once again brings even more meaning to the idea. This one-day opens peoples eyes to how LGBT people may suffer and maybe makes others think twice before they say what they say. It gives the students a “safe space”, where they are not the only one participating. They may feel welcome to being “different”.
Overall, looking back on this one day that occurred each year in my high school career I was able to reflect on the ideas brought up in “Safe Spaces”. LGBT students need to feel like they belong or have a space in a classroom and even in society. Including these ideas in a school allows others to be aware of what is around them and maybe even gain more comfort on the idea. No one individual is the same but everyone should be treated equally.
At the top of the Day of Silence website it asks, "What will you do to stop the silence?". As future teachers, I feel as if this connects directly to us and what we can do in our future classrooms!