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April 06, 2009

>Exciting news around the Day of Silence Facebook Fan Page. Just last Sunday there were over 5,000 fans. Yesterday that number nearly doubled to 11,000 fans! How long will it take to double that number?

If you haven't become our fan yet on Facebook do it now!

April 01, 2009

>Check out the movie "Pedro" tonight at 8 p.m. on MTV and LOGO. "Pedro" tells the story of Pedro Zamora, a gay activist who was a member of "The Real World: San Francisco." He died of AIDS-related causes the day after the last episode aired in 1994.

April 01, 2009

>Sadly, this is not an April Fool's joke, but it is one of those things you have to see to believe.

A columnist for World Net Daily compared GLSEN, the Day of Silence and GSAs to Hitler Youth. All because we believe that every student has a right to be safe in school and get an education free of bullying and harassment.

Original article.

GLSEN's response

March 31, 2009

>Students are going to break the silence at the Knoxville TN Amphitheater on April 17. A few videos were created to promote this event. Check out the first here created by Brandon Lee. 

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March 31, 2009

>BooMarie, came up with another awesome video to promote the Break the Silence event on April 17 at 5:30pm at the Knoxville, TN Amphitheater. Check it out!

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March 30, 2009

>Here's a idea from a student who plans to use her artistic skills:

"This year for day of silence, I'll be making a small card stating why I'm staying silent, and since I'm pretty good at the stage makeup, I'm going to make it look like my mouth is sewn shut with some black thread... or maybe make it look like I zipped my mouth shut... Not sure yet, still in the experimenting stage for those materials. I'm thinking of making a small pamphlet with information about LGBT rights."

Adrianne S.

BLOG STORY: Day of Silence stories from the Internet.

March 24, 2009

>A high school in Wauwatosa, WI has found a creative way to participate in this year's Day of Silence:

The Wauwatosa West High School Gay Straight Alliance will be holding a Stomp Out the Silence Day on Wednesday, April 8.

Stomp Out the Silence is the school's way of participating in the National Day of Silence, a national youth movement started by a group of students to show others that people who are different cannot really be themselves or express themselves...

West High School's step team will be performing at the end of the day as a way to show they are "stomping" out the silence.

What type of creative events are you planning for this year's Day of Silence? Dancing? Singing? Modeling? Let us know, in the comments section below...

March 17, 2009

>The second GSA* in the country, located at Phillips Academy (alma mater of Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush), recently celebrated 20 years of existence. To honor those 20 years of organizing and advocacy work the school had an interscholastic all-day conference discussing contemporary LGBT topics. 

“It is so rare to find an occasion in which so many young leaders come together to share ideas and experiences. It’s a privilege to build upon our progress within the gay rights movement and to honor those who led the way before us. A lot of progress has been made during our 20 years of operation, but it is our duty as future representatives of the movement to expand upon this transition toward a more open, unified world.” -GSA leaders Liz Brown ’09 and Alina Pechacek ’09

*The first GSA was started by GLSEN Founder Kevin Jennings in 1988 at Concord Academy in Massachusetts. 

March 12, 2009

>Here's a message we just received:

"So I was watching ABC Family this past weekend and one of your commercials was aired. I just caught the end of it but I know that it had Hillary Duff in it and was a discussion about the use of the word "gay" in the pejorative. I thought to myself. "YES!!!" We are on our way.

Keep up the AMAZING work. We are watching."

a 26-year old southern gay
adam b.

 

 

 

If you don't know what adam b is talking about, check out ThinkB4YouSpeak.com!

March 11, 2009

>What are you and your friends doing for the Day of Silence? Did you participate last year? How did your school’s administration react? Did you hold a "Breaking the Silence" event? How did you celebrate it?

We want to know what you and your GSA are doing. Your stories can help other students. We’ll take the best of the bunch and post them to the blog so that others will benefit from your experience.

NOTE: You can tell us the whole story, but we will take care not to identify you, your school or any individuals by name.)

Send your stories to: bkerr@glsen.org. Make sure "BLOG Story" is in the subject line of your message.

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