Today marks the 25th anniversary of Day of Silence across the nation. Not only does the student-led movement call attention to harassment of fellow LGBTQ students but it also shows those who stand in solidarity with the community.
Since the mid-90s, students have taken part in this event. Originally, it was started by Maria Pulzetti and her classmates at the University of Virginia. Over 150 LGBTQ students and allies stood quietly together to call attention to the silencing and harassment of LGBTQ students. The following year, it went national.
Today, hundreds of other schools and universities across the country participated. In 2008, GLSEN recorded the highest number of participants with close to 8000 schools winding to the streets.
What can you do to support?
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, this year's events are being held virtually. Despite not being together in person, there are a number of ways to show your support from afar.
Utilize social media and other online platforms
Just because you are silent for the day, doesn't mean activism has to! The power to send a message is at our fingertips. Take to social media to start a conversation about the struggles of fellow LGBTQ students. Remember to use the hashtag: #DayofSilence
In light of the day, many celebrities have come out to raise awareness for the Day of Silence. For instance, stars like Jazz Jennings, Finneas and the cast of Grey's Anatomy have used their platforms for this important topic.
Break the silence
After taking a vow of silence on the Day of Silence, break the silence with a virtual rally or assembly to build momentum and show your commitment to making your school more LGBTQ-inclusive.¬†Join GLSEN national online at 7:00 pm ET for the virtual Breaking the Silence rally!