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GLSEN Day of Silence 2015
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Thousands of Students to Participate in Annual GLSEN’s Day of Silence on April 17
Students Will Take Vows of Silence to Raise Awareness about Anti-LGBT Language and Bullying
What: Thousands of students across the country will participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, an annual international event that brings attention to the anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment that is common in schools. Students typically take a vow of silence as a symbolic representation of the silencing effect of anti-LGBT language and bullying experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies.
GLSEN’s Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country, with students from more than 8,000 middle and high schools, colleges and universities in every state and 70 countries around the world having participated in the past. According GLSEN’s most recent National School Climate Survey, the only survey on the school experiences of LGBT middle and high school students in the country, 85 percent of LGBT students were verbally harassed at school in the past year and nearly two-thirds heard homophobic remarks frequently or often.
When: Friday, April 17, 2015
Who: GLSEN chapters, Gay-Straight Alliances and individual students across the U.S. GLSEN chapters and community organizations will also hold events to “break the silence.”
To speak with a participating student or to find a Breaking the Silence or Night of Noise event nearby, contact Kari Hudnell at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or to register, go to www.dayofsilence.org.
GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. Celebrating its 25th year, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.