Today is the Day of Silence.
Do you know what the Day of Silence is? If everyone didn’t speak for a day, how would you react? If you couldn’t speak up about something, what would that feel like for you?
The National Day of Silence was formed in 1996 to bring awareness to a percentage of us who are voiceless when it comes to violence against them. Today, on April 11, is a day of silence to bring awareness to the effect of having members of our community silenced when it comes to violence against them.
The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters. Students and supporters take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters. The national focus of the Day of Silence is specific to ending bullying and harassment of students, particularly physical violence and verbal threats. Check out www.dayofsilence.org to see what people are doing to raise awareness and give a voice to everyone.
Want to participate next year? Check the GLSEN website for information and help to start your own Day of Silence to bring awareness to LGBTQ survivors of violence who continue to have less of a voice in our society.