An interesting convergence has occurred. My classes on the Bible will be having a discussion of the Bible and homosexuality on Friday. The same day is set aside as a day of silence, to commemorate the silence that many gays and lesbians impose upon themselves in order to avoid harassment or worse.
I find this also to pose something of a conundrum. On a day set aside to symbolically be silent, I have my classes that day dedicated to speaking about this subject. Am I going to be placing my GBLT students in an awkward situation? Will it be unfair to have the class talking about this subject on a day when they may feel it is inappropriate to chime in?