Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of the National Day of Silence. Tomorrow is the 16th year we've commemorated the National Day of Silence, a time when students across the country remain silent for the whole day to draw attention to the discrimination toward their LGBT peers. The National Day of Silence is important for many reasons--to let our youth know they're not alone, that there are plenty of people ready to support them just the way they are.
As my constituent, Heidi Dimas, a senior at Pajaro Valley High School puts it:
The National Day of Silence is important to me because it is a day when you see all the support for the silent ones and that nobody is alone in anything.
I'm proud of my constituents who are calling for a stop to harassment of LGBT individuals. I am particularly proud of my constituents in Watsonville and from the Pajaro Valley High School for hosting the 16th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards.
Though many LGBT advocates and their allies are silent tomorrow, we in Congress must never be silent. It is our job to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Another of my constituents, Molly Schrank, from Alternative Family Education in Santa Cruz said it best:
The National Day of Silence is important to me because sometimes silence speaks louder than words.