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12,000+ Students Organize Day of Silence
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Hundreds of Thousands of LGBTQ Youth and their Allies to Participate in the GLSEN Day of Silence on April 27th, 2018
Students Will Take Vow of Silence to Call for Action on Anti-LGBTQ Language and Bullying
New York, NY (April 26, 2018) - Tomorrow, Friday, April 27th, hundreds of thousands of students across the country will participate in the GLSEN Day of Silence, the largest annual student-led action on LGBTQ equality. Every year, thousands of youth leaders organize Day of Silence events that bring attention to name-calling, bullying, and harassment experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth in schools and engage their communities in taking action to “break the silence.”
The Day of Silence is a national youth-led movement to end the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ students in K-12 schools and demand schools are more safe and inclusive of all. GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey found that 85% of LGBTQ students report experiencing verbal harassment in their K-12 school; 80% don’t see positive LGBTQ representation in their curriculum, and almost a third miss school for feeling unsafe or uncomfortable.
“Throughout our history youth have played a central role in organizing powerful movements pushing us towards justice and expanding our circle of inclusivity. Tomorrow, for the 23nd year, middle and high school students will organize the Day of Silence to demand safe and inclusive classrooms where they can thrive and reach their full potential,” said Ikaika Regidor, GLSEN Director of Education & Youth Programs. “This Day of Silence, we’ve heard from students who are organizing the Day of Silence on a variety of critical issues, from demanding LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum to equitable discipline practices to making schools trans-inclusive to gun reform. Whether systematic, educational, or policy, at the core of it, are hundreds of thousands of youth working to ensure every school is a safe and inclusive place for all people.”
This year, middle and high school students have a new advocacy tool they can use, GLSEN’s Breaking the Silence Letter Generator creates a customized letter to share with a school administrator and ask for LGBTQ-inclusive supports at their school by just answering a few questions.
With students from more than 12,000 middle and high students already registered to organize their schools and communities -- from every state and DC -- and hundreds of thousands of students participating in more than 5,000 schools, the Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the United States. Now in its 23rd year, the Day of Silence, has become a strategic call to action for student organizers to both bring awareness and advocate for safe and inclusive schools for all students.
According to GLSEN’s most recent National School Climate Survey, the most comprehensive survey on the school experiences of LGBTQ middle and high school students in the country, 85 percent of LGBTQ students were verbally harassed at school in the past year. In the same survey, more than two-thirds of LGBTQ students reported hearing homophobic remarks frequently or often, while two-fifths reported hearing negative comments about transgender people.
When: Friday, April 27, 2018
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 speak with a participating student, for media inquiries contact Joanna Cifredo at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or to register, go to www.glsen.org/dayofsilence.
GLSEN works to create safe and inclusive schools for all. We envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools across the United States, and our network of 39 community-led chapters in 26 states brings GLSEN’s expertise to local communities. GLSEN's progress and impact have won support for inclusive schools at all levels of education in the United States and sparked an international movement to ensure equality for LGBTQ students and respect for all in schools. For more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, public education, research, and educator training programs, please visit www.glsen.org.