April 16: National Day of Silence

April 16, 2010

Day of SilenceToday is the National Day of Silence in the U.S. when thousands of students around the country will remain silent for all or part of the school day to call attention to the harassment and discrimination faced by trans, bisexual, lesbian and gay youth.

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

During their period of silence, participating students may hand out printed cards explaining the nature of their protest. This may be supplemented by additional texts or images.

Some school organizers also create or purchase pins or stickers to put on lockers and t-shirts. Others dress in all black, with rainbow ribbons or gags to emphasize the cause and their presence. Also if allowed, special announcements during the day allow the event to be recognized by the school.

Ideally, the silence ends with a “breaking the silence” event in which students participate in activism and education.[Via Wikipedia]

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

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