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ALLIES: "Breaking the Silence"

The Day of Silence, started in 1996 at the University of Virginia and organized by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is observed annually in the United States and many other countries and serves to acknowledge those in the LGBTQ+ community who have been harassed or bullied due to their identities.

“Breaking the Silence” with their Open Mic Night on Thursday, April 26, CMU ALLIES wishes for members of the community to showcase their identities through poetry, music, and other performances following their annual Day of Silence event in order to, as they stated on their Facebook page, “spotlight the challenges that marginalized groups silently face and speak out about them, in a sense breaking the silence of Day of Silence.”

As Carnegie Mellon’s LGBTQ+ organization, ALLIES strives to bring the community together and make the campus more inclusive. According to their website, “We are ALLIES because we are not a single mass; we are all ALLIED with each other through supporting our own individual lives and experiences.” With events throughout the year such as Open Mic Nights, visibility and awareness days, the Westboro Baptist Church counter-protest, and more, they bring awareness to issues regarding gender and orientation.

In addition to LGBTQ+ issues, ALLIES “encourages performers to focus on the different aspects of their identity” at the Open Mic Night this Thursday, including race and religion. If interested, “Breaking the Silence” will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Cohon Center Studio Theater on Thursday. Additionally, if anyone has questions or wishes to perform on Thursday, contact allies.open.mic@gmail.com.

ALLIES also hosts social events and has weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Soho, Cohon Center Room 335, and holds open office hours for those who need support.