"The GLSEN Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT."
GLSEN offers some great resources, like their "Tips for the Last-Minute Organizer"
Three ideas that were really good:
Wear Your Support
Wear a Day of Silence button, shirt or sticker if your school allows it. If need be, you can make and wear your own Day of Silence t-shirt, make a rainbow ribbon pin, or just wear the color red. Each person who learns about the Day of Silence may be a supportive ally in organizing the project next year...
Have a Silent Lunch
Ask some friends or school groups to join you and gather at a table or area for a silent lunch to recognize the Day of Silence. The next day, spend some time discussing how you feel LGBT students and their allies are silenced because of harassment, discrimination and abuse, and brainstorm ways you can help end the silence.
Use the Day of Silence as a topic for your schoolwork. For example, you can write a paper on non-violent protest for your civics class, about the impact of social justice movements for American government, or a story about bullying for creative writing.
Find out more at the GLSEN Day of Silence Website here.
How about you? What will you do to help end the silence about anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools?