April 21, 2013
Friday was the Day of Silence, which recognizes the struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. I am ashamed of myself for bot recognizing this on Friday, but so much was going on last week, that i just passed me by without me noticing. Though the movement has its roots in the United States, it addresses problems that are not specific to any one country, and it requires a broad solution that transcends borders and cultures. Fortunately, international awareness is increasing in the fight against homophobia. We have seen this from international institutions such as the United Nations all the way to the realm of one traditionally challenging environment for LGBT youth: the realm of sports.
Christopher Doyle wrote an editorial for The Christian Post called “Day of Silence: How Christians Should Respond.” Doyle, an “ex-gay” man who is now married with three children, wrote, “With the increasing acceptance of homosexuality in American society, Christians are faced with the dilemma of how to respond. Over the years, I have witnessed a number of reactions from Christians.” These reactions range from Christians keeping their kids out of school for the day or, as Focus on the Family suggests, having a Day of Dialogue. Held on April 18, this day encourages (according to their Facebook page) Bible-believing students to share ” the truth about God’s deep love for us and what the Bible really says about His redemptive design for marriage and sexuality.”