A pro-family leader is once again warning parents about the annual GLSEN-sponsored "Day of Silence" taking place next week in thousands of schools across the U.S.
The Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network's observance supposedly protests bullying in schools. "[It] helps bring us closer to making anti-LGBT bullying, harassment, and name-calling unacceptable in U.S. schools," says the event website.
Cultural issues writer Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute contends the event is just a pretense that promoters have been using for more than two decades to politicize during instructional time.
"Everyone opposes bullying of any students for any reason. You don't need an event sponsored by GLSEN to oppose bullying in public schools," she argues. "Every school has anti-bullying policy; every school has disciplinary consequences for bullying."
Higgins explains the real reason for the event, which began back in 1996 on the University of Virginia campus.
"The central goal of this day is to silence conservative voices on perspectives on the nature and morality of homosexual activity," she says, "or the health risks embedded in the homosexual activity and in the responses to gender dysphoria."
Illinois Family Institute is one of several family-advocacy and faith-based groups urging parents whose children attend a school permitting the event to oppose it and opt them out on April 21. The coalition also encourages parents to explain to schools why they are taking a stand against the event.