Day of Silence, Friday 17 April

April 16, 2009

Day of SilenceFrom the Day of Silence website (link here):

What is the Day of Silence®?
The Day of Silence, a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment — in effect, the silencing — experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies.

Who started the Day of Silence?
In 1996, students at the University of Virginia organized the first Day of Silence in response to a class assignment on non-violent protests. Over 150 students participated in this inaugural DOS. […]

Tweet The SilenceHas the Day of Silence been successful?
In 2008, hundreds of thousands of students from more than 8,000 K-12 schools, colleges and universities organized Day of Silence events. These numbers make the Day of Silence one of the largest student-led actions in the United States. […]

Why do we need a Day of Silence?
GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey found that 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety. […]

None of us are safe until all of us are safe…


2 Responses to “Day of Silence, Friday 17 April”

  1. lydia Says:

    I believe this is a good thing because Human kind should be treated just alike and no different no matter what their sexual orientation. I haven’t told my family about mine because of the problems it would cause.

  2. Helen G Says:

    lydia – Thank you for commenting. I hope your family will very soon be able to accept you as you are.

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