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.

This year we are honoring the 25th anniversary of Day of Silence on Friday, April 24, 2020 – and this year we are going virtual!

How to Participate

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Register

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!

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Plan Your Silence

Use this planning guide to organize your Virtual Day of Silence event. For general tips on planning virtual events, click here

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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!

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Support Silence

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.

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Break the Silence

On Day of Silence, after taking a vow of silence, break the silence with a virtual rally or assembly to build momentum and show your commitment to making your school more LGBTQ-inclusive. And join GLSEN national online at 5:30pm ET for the virtual Breaking the Silence rally!

Additional Resource Guides

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