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Focus on the Family's Anti-Gay 'Day of Dialogue' Counters Pro-Gay 'Day of Silence' (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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The annual pro-gay, anti-bullying "Day of Silence" lands on April 19 this week, but the Christian organization Focus on the Family is launching their anti-gay "Day of Dialogue" on April 18.

The Day of Silence was created in 1996 to protest the bullying of gay, lesbian and transgender people by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

On the Day of Silence, students take a day-long vow of silence to represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.

Focus on the Family's Day of Dialogue, formerly called "Day of Truth," admits on their website that they are trying to counter The Day of Silence:

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The Day of Dialogue gives students a key opportunity to provide a balanced perspective and a loving, redemptive response to homosexual-themed events and discussions already occurring in public schools, such as  GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Day of Silence.

According to ThinkProgress.org, the Day of Dialogue website includes contributions by self-described 'ex-gay" Jeff Johnston, who tells Christian students to talk to their classmates about sexuality and the Bible.

There is also a Day of Dialogue video (below), which shows Christian young people being censored with tape over their mouths.

Sources: ThinkProgress.org and DayofDialogue.com