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News - February 28, 2014

Speaking out through silence

by Glenn Wohltmann

More than 20 Foothill High School students spent their lunch hour last Friday in silent protest of anti-gay laws in Russia. Students from the Gay/Straight Alliance and the school's Amnesty International clubs organized the protest and asked their peers to boycott watching last weekend's Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony in Sochi, Russia.

"We live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we don't think LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) is an issue," said alliance president Cori Hartwig. "Basically, Russia has a ban on LGBT people. It's not illegal, but they are against it."

Among the participants was student protester Erik Gallagher, who wore duct tape across his mouth and held a poster reading, "Speak out for those who don't have a voice."

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