Today I participated in the National Day of Silence. I was silence to echo the voices that are lost each year due to bullying, harassment, and discrimination. These voices are lost because of suicide. It has been documented that LGBTQ people face these issues more than their straight peers. LGBTQ people are up to 8 times more likely to face bullying, harassment, and discrimination and are 2-3 times more likely to commit suicide due to these issues. While most people where respectful of my right to participate in the Day of Silence, some were not. I faced bullying and harassment during my 7th period class. The very issues I was protesting against! These students mainly identify themselves as Christians and that deeply confuses me because I have never known hate to be a Christian value. I always thought that the main message of Christianity was love. Perhaps I read my Bible wrong. I also thought that God would judge us for our actions here on earth and that it was not our place to judge others. Upon participating in this event I have realize that I no longer wish to remain silent. I have censored myself because I have feared what my family and people at my church would think if I confessed to them "yes, I am gay." I am ready to accept those consequences. I support LGBTQ issues and I am coming out of the closet.