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Friday, January 29, 2016

Day of Silence, Anonymous

"Day of Silence", Anonymous. Digital Print 2009. Pasadena, CA.

One of the things that stuck out to me as I first took a look at this poster was the violent way in which the mouth appears to be ripped out of the image. It makes a powerful statement on the emotional, physical, and psychological harm that is experienced by many of the youth in schools. These children are forced to stay silent as a result of their queer identity. In a general sense, bullying in school -and with the advent of technology, cyberbullying- have led to increased suicide rates among children in their early and mid teens. In a study conducted by Yale University, it was found that children between the age of 10 and 14 are up to 9% likely to commit suicide when undergoing experiences with bullying. In a National School Climate Survey, it was found that 82% of students who identified as queer or transgender found themselves feeling unsafe at school and had at least one incidence of bullying as a result of their sexual orientation - 32% of which even missed school on various occasions to avoid these types of confrontations. Ultimately, what this poster is advertising is an understanding and general education of tolerance for people who identify as queer or trans. Teaching tolerance from early on in schools would likely have a great impact on various mental health issues we see in people of the LGBT community.

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