The Wichita chapter of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network will host a “Breaking the Silence” event in Wichita on Thursday.
The event, designed to raise awareness about the negative effects of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination, is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at A. Price Woodard Park, near Century II in downtown Wichita.
The Wichita group is holding its event in conjunction with GLSEN’s national Day of Silence on Friday, during which students typically take a vow of silence as a symbolic representation of “the silencing effect of anti-LGBT language and bullying.” Because Wichita schools are not in session Friday, students will participate earlier in the week, said Liz Hamor, chairwoman of the local chapter.
Thursday’s event at Woodard Park will feature a silent demonstration followed by student speakers, booths and food. The event is free.