On the Day of Silence, Speak Out for Safer Schools for All Youth

Unfortunately, there's no shortage of stories in the news about gay and lesbian students who are mocked, harassed, and bullied (including by their teachers), and hate crimes against people who are gay continue to rise. A 2009 survey revealed that nearly 9 out of 10 gay and lesbian students have been harassed (or worse) in school.

Friday, April 15 marks the annual Day of Silence, the "largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression." Participating students take some form of a vow of silence on that day, to help bring attention to the bullying and harassment -- the "silencing" -- of LGBTQI students and their allies. The website offers resources, as well as suggestions for other activities in which students and schools can also participate.

~ Marsha

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