Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

About tolerance, not politics

To the editor:

In response to the negative reaction pressed upon the April 16 "Day of Silence," much clarity must be permitted. It pains me to see so much hate exposed in this town when the controversial Day of Silence became an issue.

The national day was first established in 1996 to protest bullying and violence inflicted on gays, lesbians, transgenders and bisexuals. The idea of that day was to create a safer environment and more accepting world for many scared individuals. No one was forced to participate in the silent protest and there was no objections to others expressing their opposite views.

I supported the day of silence because I have seen many hurt and abused because they do not fit into the social norm. The Day of Silence was never about supporting homosexuality or making a political statement, it was about giving students a chance to express their opposition to such cruel behavior in which they have been treated for the majority of their lives. Harvey Milk once said, "If a bullet should ever enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."

April 16 was created to break down those doors by building the roadway to acceptance, and if the goal of humanity were to eliminate that acceptance, than I must confess that I would rather be a lesbian.

Chelse Bulthuis

Baker City