Day of Silence

Day of Silence
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What it’s all about: The first “Day of Silence” was held in 1996 as a symbolic way to call attention to the silencing effects of bullying individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Students who participate in the Day of Silence take a vow of silence on April 20th, in order to promote safer schools and take a stand against harassment. By 2008, the Day of Silence had reached over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country. And you can be a part of it too…April 20th is just around the corner.

The Day of Silence is just one event affiliated with the “Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network” (GLSEN), which is a national education organization devoted to creating safer schools and eliminating harassment of LGBT students.

There are a number of ways you can get involved with the Day of Silence and GLSEN! Here are just a few…

  • Tweet the Silence: If you have a twitter account and plan to be silent on April 20th, tweet about it! Tweet the following:  “On April 20th, I will be silent for #DayOfSilence because…” and give your reason.
  • Organize a Day of Silence event at your own school: The Day of Silence website provides resources and a helpful guide if you’d like to organize an event at your school in support of Day of Silence. Follow their steps, and get prepared!

Get connected!

Here, Lance Bass talks about the Day of Silence, which is fast approaching:

GLSEN student ambassadors talk about their experience:

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