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Day of Silence is April 15
Thousands of Students to Participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence on April 15
Students Will Take Vows of Silence to Raise Awareness About Anti-LGBT Language and Bullying
What: Thousands of students across the country, with the support of educators, Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and GLSEN chapters, will participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, an annual international event that brings attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in schools.
Students typically take a vow of silence as a symbol of the silencing effect of anti-LGBT language and bullying. This year, through the theme “Silence is Ours,” the focus will be on reclaiming this silence, shifting it from something forced upon LGBT students to a strategic tool they use to advocate for safe and affirming schools.
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 to 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 15, 2016
Who: GLSEN Chapters, GSAs and individual students across the U.S. Many GLSEN Chapters and community organizations will also hold events to “break the silence.” To find a Breaking the Silence or Night of Noise event nearby, click here. To speak with a participating student, 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. Founded in 1990, 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.