Call to action on ‘Day of Silence’

Thousands of students across the country will participate on April 15 in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, an annual event that brings attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in schools.

Students typically take a vow of silence as a symbol of the silencing effect of anti-LGBT language and bullying.

This year, through the theme “Silence is Ours,” the focus will be on reclaiming this silence, shifting it from something forced upon LGBT students to a strategic tool they use to advocate for safe and affirming schools.

GLSEN’s Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country, with students from more than 8,000 middle and high schools, colleges and universities in every state.

According to GLSEN’s most recent National School Climate Survey, the only survey on the school experiences of LGBT middle and high school students in the country, 85 percent of LGBT students were verbally harassed at school in the past year and nearly two-thirds heard homophobic remarks frequently or often.

The first Day of Silence was observed in 1996, when students at the University of Virginia responded to a class assignment on non-violent protests

In 1997, organizers took their effort national and nearly 100 colleges and universities participated.

In 2001, GLSEN became the official organizational sponsor for the event.

Day of Silence on the Web

For more information about the campaign or to register, click here.

For resources, click here.