Advanced warning for those of you liable to see me today:
Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?
I will speak at work, to the phone only, as it is the main function of my job, (Telephone Operator) to speak to the phone. I will not speak to anyone else. I’ll also speak, (well sing actually,) in the context of the things I’m required to do in the rehearsal for Man of La Mancha Tonight. That’s my on-stage role only. But I will not be speaking in the wings, or in the dressing room, or anyplace else for the next… *Checks the Clock.* 12 hours and 54 minutes.
This does not mean I will not communicate if I must. I’ll have a pad of paper on me to write important things down…answers to questions I can’t charade out quickly. Please pardon me if I do not excuse myself after I bump into you… as I’m not speaking, and I likely won’t have time to write that down before you walk away. If I’m snapping my fingers at you, it’s just me trying to get your attention… likely because you are standing on my skirt, or someone is looking for you.
This obviously doesn’t affect those of you who only know me on the web. Since typing is like writing and therefore our lines of communication will remain open. However, it’s unlikely my web-only friends need this message driven home to them anyhow… actually it’s unlikely that any of my friends need it… it’s the other people I’ll be running into all day.
Right then… that’s that… I’ll write back later if there’s anything interesting to report on how this went.