Silent Headphones Dance Party Met with Success on National Coming Out Day
Silent headphone parties, or silent discos, have been a recent craze. Seen at large events like Governor’s Ball and small events such as block parties, this new approach to music playing has proven to be popular. A silent headphone party is simple to understand yet genius–attendees dance to music being streamed through wireless headphones. Each headphone streams the same music the others headphones are playing, allowing attendees to share the experience with others, yet being able to hear the music at an enjoyable volume.
The silent headphone dance party was what Student Involvement, as well as GLOW, WCC’s LGTBQ+ club, thought was best fitting for National Coming Out Day. This innovative event was held in the Student Event Room during common hour on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Rachele Hall and Tiago Machado, both Assistant Directors of Student Involvement, and GLOW President, Ana Wilhelm, headed the event. While Machado is an Assistant Director of Student Involvement, he is also the advisor of GLOW, enabling an easy merge between the organizations.
“Initially this started out just as a community building event: silent headphone dance party, get some students out and about, have a great time, listen to some music, be loud while being quiet in the Student Center,” Hall said. “Then Tiago wanted to do something for National Coming Out Day and asked if we could team up.”
According to Wilhelm, holding the event along with the silent disco makes it even more enjoyable.
“National Coming Out Day is a celebration of those who have come out of the closet, but also those who are not able to due to toxic environments in their life” Wilhelm said. “We have some educational boards that disclose more details about gender and sexuality, that maybe the mainstream public doesn’t know about. We’re also going to be having fingerprinting, so we will create a whole big board of everyone, and we’re going to be having photo booths in front of the rainbow flag and the trans flag.”
Among other trinkets were free shirts reading, “Clothes are for Closets,” and a clothing drive for local trans teens.
“Even though there are some tragic stories of those who have a harder life based on being queer from the discrimination from society, we still wanted to create a very positive event so it will be upbeat music to keep us happy.” — Ana Wilhelm
According to Wilhelm, the goal was to create an accepting atmosphere.
While GLOW is already a functioning club with many members, Wilhelm said they are looking forward to building a community.
“Maybe not everybody on campus knows about GLOW, even despite the Involvement Fair,” Wilhelm said. “I remember myself last year coming to the National Coming Out Day and seeing so many people that were just out, and it being really inspiring. I don’t have to hide who I am, I can be free and just let everyone know and I will not get ridiculed for it.”
Among all that was involved in the event, such as the inclusive people, the activities, and most of all the music, it’s important to remember the significance of the event and it’s recognition of this important day.
“It’s pretty fun because all of my friends are here. A lot of my friends are apart of GLOW,” said Jesus Ballinas, a member of GLOW.
Khadijah Reel, a WCC student, was an enthusiastic attendee at the event.
“[The silent headphones party] is freakin’ fun as hell. All types of music [is playing] from reggae, to hip-hop, to pop, to dance, to whatever, I hope they play K-pop though,” Reel said.
When asked why this kind of music was being played, Wilhelm said, “Even though there are some tragic stories of those who have a harder life based on being queer from the discrimination from society, we still wanted to create a very positive event so it will be upbeat music to keep us happy.”