Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Day of Silence


What does silence sound like? For many LGBT students, the sound of silence would be a welcome change to the endless name-calling and harassment they face every day.

On April 19, 2013, students around the world will take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT behavior. The Day of Silence is a student-led national event to end anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence to show their support and illustrate to their classmates, school administrators and school staff the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT. For more information, go to:www.dayofsilence.org

GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey found that nearly 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.

What you can do: 

- Taking the vow of silence and signing the pledge at: http://dayofsilence.org/PDFs/DOS_pledge.pdf.
- Encourage readers to get involved by linking to: http://dayofsilence.org/getinvolved/.
- Follow the conversation on Twitter at #dayofsilence
- Get involved on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NationalDayofSilence.
- Share a student video about the day: ”Why Are We Silent?”- http://youtu.be/Ref-63Dn1Is and “Join the movement online”- http://youtu.be/I6ZtWUV9Ars
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, has also partnered with the Ad Council to create a new tool that tracks anti-LGTB slurs on Facebook and Twitter in real time. Help us eliminate these slurs and bring attention to the issue by embedding the counter on your blog and sharing with your viewers! See it here: ThinkB4YouSpeak.com. 

An excerpt from an email from Melissa Angert

I couldn't have said it any better than this and Melissa lists all the available resources to get involved.  Please let your families and friends know about this very deserving cause.  NO ONE should have to live in fear because of the choices he or she has made.  With your help to get the word out maybe someone, somewhere who feels ostracized will realize that there are individuals in the world that understand and care.  That there are resources available to them.  That there is HOPE...

Please spread the word!!!



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    1. Thanks Ellen. All the struggling children of the world thank you too!!!

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  2. I am SO on this. My 14 year old son is very vocal when it comes to bullying and the rights of ALL people. He regularly speaks up for those who are too afraid to speak for themselves and he has even come to the protection of some. He is not a fighter by any means by he will address injustice when he sees it - and he's a week shy of his 14th birthday. I will gladly spread the word!!

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    1. Make sure he knows about all the resources available to him. I sort of jumped on the band wagon a bit late, although all this information is good til forevermore. Thank you so much Penny. You and your son are advocates for a very worthy cause!!!

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  3. Thanks Barbara for this very important information. This is very close to home for me.

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  4. Anita, I think that there are so many victims out there that think have no resources. This is a way to share the information. Thank you for taking the time to let others know about it.

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