Advertise and get residents to sign up to participate. Pick a date and call it the day of silence. The residents who participate cannot speak from 8am to 8pm on the day of silence. They are given cards that read:

Day of Silence Project-“Date Here”

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
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.They give them to people who ask why they are not speaking and to whomever they wish. At 8pm invite an organization that understands gay issues to present and educational disussion on gay issues, stereotypes, and how to become an ally. Have an ice-braker before you start.

At least 2 facilitators who understand gay issues. Campus gay/lesbian
organization. Gifts to give residents who decide to become allies e.g buttons that say “I’m straight but not narrow”. They can also make signs for their doors that read that so have paper and markers.

Things to consider as you do this program and/or things you might do differently:

These discussions get heated really fast. Make sure you have at least
one professional that understands gay issues. Let participants know that they should be respectful and share their opinions politely. At the begining, list things to be avoided during the discussion. Have the participants come up with this list and put it up on a board were everyone can see. Let participants know that everything said should be confidential so
that people can express their feelings and ask questions openly.

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