Students at a Pennsylvania high school held an “Anti-Gay Day” protest on Thursday, wearing coordinated flannel shirts, writing “anti-gay” on their hands, and sticking Bible verses on LGBT students’ lockers.
“We came in to school on Thursday and found a lot of people wearing flannel and we couldn’t figure out why,” Zoe Johnson, a 16-year-old bisexual student at McGuffey High School in Claysville, told BuzzFeed News. “People started getting pushed and notes were left on people’s lockers.”
The anti-gay protest occurred a day after students with the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) held a “Day of Silence,” an event
aimed at drawing attention to anti-gay bullying.
Students wearing flannel at McGuffey High School. Their faces have been blurred by BuzzFeed News. Supplied
“I got called a dyke, a faggot,” Johnson said. “They were calling us every horrible name you can think of.”
The national Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) organized a “Day of Silence” around the United States on Friday, but Johnson said she and her friends held their protest on Wednesday because of a school field trip scheduled for Friday.
As part of their protest, Johnson and the other dozen members of the GSA arranged to wear black, paint rainbows on their faces, and stay silent for much of the day.
She told BuzzFeed News she was touched that many non-GSA members also took part. “There was about 30 to 50 students,” she said. “It was a very nice feeling to see that many people participating.”.