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CONTACT: KIT MURRY or
MONIQUE DI CARLO
Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Immediate

NOTE: Members of the news media are invited to the National Day of Silence meeting at the WRAC at 5 p.m. on April 8. For additional information about the National Day of Silence, see: http://www.youth-guard.org/ndos

National Day of Silence is April 8 for gay, lesbian and transgender people

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Feminist Union at the University of Iowa is sponsoring events for the National Day of Silence Wednesday, April 8.

The National Day of Silence is organized to show how silent our world would be without the input of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people and their allies. Organizers say it is designed to create a visible, "audible" silence to protest the hatred and prejudice that forces silence upon GLBT people in their daily lives, whether in the workplace, school, the military or in popular media. Especially affected by silence are GLBT youth, who have to face the additional possibility of being kicked out of their household should they be open about their sexuality.

The Feminist Union will host an information table at the Iowa Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, providing information about the purpose of the event and ways to support the National Day of Silence.

Participants in the National Day of Silence will remain silent from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. Rather than talking, participants will pass out cards that read: "Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. People who are silent today believe that laws and attitudes should be inclusive of people of all sexual orientations. The Day of Silence is to draw attention to those who have been silenced by hatred, oppression, and prejudice. Think about the voices you are not hearing. What can you do to end the silence?"

A meeting to reflect on the National Day of Silence will follow at 5 p.m. at the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC). Members and allies of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community are encouraged to participate in the National Day of Silence at the UI. The first Day of Silence was held at the University of Virginia in 1996. More than 100 colleges and high schools participated in 1997, and the UI is one of many more expected to participate in 1998.

If you have any questions about the National Day of Silence, please contact the Women's Resource and Action Center at (319) 335-1486. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all University of Iowa events. If you require an accommodation to attend this event, call (319) 335-1486.

4/7/98