GLSEN Day Of Silence - April 20, 2012
The National Day of Silence started back in 1996 when University of Virginia students looked to find a more profound way to bring attention to name-calling, bullying and harassment on their campus. 13 years later, thousands of students across the country vow to take a form of silence to symbolize the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment found rampant in some schools.
In a Harris Interactive national study, students said two of the top three reasons students are harassed in school are actual (or perceived) sexual orientation and gender expression. Additionally, nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school.
According to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), The Day of Silence is an "opportunity for students to work toward improving school climate for all students. GLSEN advises students interested in participating to discuss their intentions with their administration and teachers long before the event. The day is most successful when schools and students work together to show their commitment to ensuring safe schools for all students. Many schools allow students’ participation throughout the day. Some schools ask students to speak as they normally would during class and remain silent during breaks and at lunch. There is no single way to participate, and students are encouraged to take part in the way that is the most positive and uplifting for their school."
GLSEN has updated their Day of Silence 2012 website with a wealth of information on how students can get involved, including a registration form to help count this year's number of participants. For more resources, go to www.dayofsilence.org or register your participation by clicking here.
MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on supporting GLSEN's Day of Silence.