QUEER VOICES
04/14/2014 12:27 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Oregon Students Protest Day Of Silence With 'Gay Not OK' Shirts

Four students at a high school in Oregon City, Ore. caused controversy after wearing shirts in protest of the National Day Of Silence, an event meant to draw attention to the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

The shirts read "Gay Is Not Ok" and "Gay Day Is Not OK." Two of the students reportedly stated that if the school is sponsoring the National Day Of Silence, they should also have a right to speak out about it.

"I don't believe that ["gay day"] is ok," one of the students states in the above video. "I don't have a big problem with gay people. It's just when they start parading around the school about how we have a day of silence for gays, lesbians, transvestites -- it's like, we don't have a straight day!"

However, not everyone in the 2,000-person student body agrees with the shirts' sentiment.

"I don't agree with the shirts at all," another student reportedly stated. "I feel like it doesn't make a purpose. I don't feel like you're really saying anything."

A school administrator allegedly told reporters that the school would not be allowing the "Gay Day Is Not Ok" shirts on campus, and that the students would be required to turn the shirts inside out or take them off.

This certainly isn't the first time that students in public schools have attempted to make an anti-gay statement through their choice of clothing. Last October two students donned confederate flags at their Washington high school in response to another student wearing a rainbow flag on campus for two weeks.

(h/t Towleroad)

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