Today is the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s [GLSEN] Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. The Day of Silence has been taking place for 13 years in a move of solidarity against all forms of bullying and harassment to the LBGT community.
In a Harris Interactive study on bullying, 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. Students across the country participate in GLSENs Day of Silence to bring attention to this problem, let students who experience such bullying know that they are not alone and ask schools to take action to address the problem.
While the Day of Silence is generally for schools, it is an opportunity for all to reflect on their views of bullying and harassment, particularly in regards to the LGBT community, but also when it comes to anyone who practices a lifestyle that you don’t agree with.
For more info check out http://dayofsilence.org/