GLSEN's Days of Action

Day of Silence

April 22, 2022

Day of Silence logo

My Silence, My Story.

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 and Attend:

Register to get the latest updates on Day of Silence resources and special opportunities like celebrity engagements. And don't forget to share on social media about GLSEN's Day of Silence, encouraging students and educators to register.

Check Out & Download Resources:

Check out some of our resources for this year’s Day of Silence! Whether you’re participating in-person, virtually, or a hybrid of both, we’ve got some stories and resources for your support. We’ve got you covered with virtual and in-person guides, Zoom backgrounds, palm cards, and Break the Silence rally guides.

Read the Zine and Blogs

If this is your first time attending the Day of Silence, fear not! Check out our 2020-2021 National Student Council’s, Day of Silence Zines and stories. Learn and get inspired about their experiences during previous years of the Day of Silence through stories and other creative outlets.

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. Join GLSEN national online at 7:00 p.m. ET for the virtual Breaking the Silence rally on our Instagram page!

We know students this year are in a diverse range of learning environments. Below are activities and resources for virtual, hybrid, or in-person observance of the Day of Silence.

In-Person Guide
Virtual Guide


Watch our 2021 Break the Silence Rally >


Shareable Graphics

Downloadable Graphic (virtual)
Palm Reading w/o QR Code
Downloadable Graphic (with QR Code)
Palm Reading w/ QR Code
Downloadable Graphic (virtual)
Social media downloadable
Downloadable Graphic (with QR Code)
Selfie Signs (Printable Version)


DoS Zoom Bg 1
Zoom Background
DoS Zoom Bg 2
Zoom Background
DoS Zoom Bg 3
Zoom Background


Day of Silence Webinar
2021 Day of Silence and Breaking the Silence Webinar
Connor Franta's Call for GSA Registrations
2019 Day of Silence: How Will You Break the Silence?


These organizations are strong supporters of Day of Silence!

Day of Silence Partners

Day of Silence Partners