Day of Silence
The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.
Started in the mid 90’s by two college students, the Day of Silence has expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences during the protest and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive.
How to Participate
Register to get the latest updates on Day of Silence resources! And don't forget to share on social media about GLSEN's Day of Silence, encouraging students and educators to register. You can also contact students and educators in your network to get them involved!
Plan Your Silence
Start by telling us how you're breaking the silence at school with this selfie sign in color or grayscale! You can also pass out speaking cards in black & white or color to explain your participation on the day. For more tips and stories, read the Day of Silence zine created by GLSEN's 2018-19 National Student Council. Don't forget to send a selfie with your selfie signs to @GLSEN on Twitter or @glsenofficial on Instagram!
If you are an educator, use our educator guide for suggested activities for your participation on Day of Silence.
Join the Street Team
If you're a student and you'd like to do more to spread the word in your community, apply to join the Street Team!
Support students and educators in their planned activities. Take a vow of silence yourself if you can! Whether or not you can take a vow of silence, consider also making a gift to GLSEN to help us continue our work creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools.
Break the Silence
Before Day of Silence, supporters can use our Breaking the Silence Letter Generator to automatically receive a customized letter to share with a school administrator and ask for LGBTQ-inclusive supports at your school. Use the letter to create a dialogue with your administration, encouraging them to break the silence with you!
On Day of Silence, after taking a vow of silence, break the silence with a rally or assembly to build momentum and show your commitment to making your school more LGBTQ-inclusive.
Shop Day of Silence
These organizations are strong supporters of Day of Silence! If your local, state, or national organization is interested in participating, sign up to endorse GLSEN's programs.
Advocates for Youth
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) LGBT & AIDS Project
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Eastern Missouri
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO)
CAMBAs Project Accept LGBTQ Youth (ALY)
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Civil Rights Memorial Center
El Paso Safe Schools Texas
Empire State Pride Agenda
Face to Face Health and Counseling Service
Familia es Familia
Futures Without Violence
Gay Youth Milwaukee
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network
Good As You
It Gets Better Project
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (NYC)
National Association for Education of Young Children
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE)
National Runaway Switchboard
Not In Our Town
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN)
Rainbow Alley - GLBT Community Center of Colorado
Safe Schools Action Network
Safe Schools South Florida
STOMP Out Bullying
Straight But Not Narrow
The LGBT Youth Space
Third Level Crisis Center
The Trevor Project
Time Out Youth Center
World Without Hate