National Day of Silence
The National Day of Silence shines a light on the devastating effects that LGBTQ students are facing in schools. This day, these young people take an important vow – not talking or communicating with anyone else during their time at school because it demonstrates just how much being bullied has touched them emotionally when they’re forced into silence by mean classmates who make fun of sexuality or gender identity; parents whose families don’t accept them for who they truly want to be; peers older than us trying maliciously harvest our pain as if there’s something shameful about being different. Silence becomes the language of the unheard and invisibilized.
Why Day of Silence?
When two students at the University of Virginia wanted to do something impactful for Pride week in 1996, they didn’t know that it would become a national sensation. The Day Of Silence was originally started by Maria Pulzetti and Jessie Gilliam after learning about how regularly LGBTQ+ students were being harassed on campus but no one seemed willing or able to help them so this idea came up as a way Burney’s could protest against such treatment without adding any more calories than necessary during summer months when people tend to stay home anyway because there isn’t much else going-on anyways!
The LGBTQ community has been facing bullying and harassment from people in their everyday lives. This led to the idea of a Day Of Silence, where students take time out on an entire Sunday afternoon just for them not to do anything but be themselves at school with no distractions or interaction so they can get back into place after being pushed around too much during busy weekdays when there are more opportunities available for peers around you try harassing us again.
On this day, GLSEN encourages students to get permission from their schools and wear colorful posters that demonstrate support for the LGBTQ. In observance of Pride Month in May 2000 they organized an event where participants wore X-shaped tapes over mouths or hands as a symbol against discrimination towards others who are different than themselves–a practice known now simply “ostrich” because it makes its wearer look silly!
Today, tens of thousands of people from all over the world participate in a day-long silent rally to raise awareness on issues faced by LGBTQIA+ You. The number has increased year after year due largely because more and more individuals are becoming aware that they exist amongst us – yet still face discrimination at every turn just for who they want to be. National Day of Silence is organized by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network).
The LGBTQ movement has been landmarked by this day where they faced tremendous opposition from various schools, parents, and socially conservative organizations. But many support them through their school’s alliance clubs!
How Can We Observe National Day of Silence:
Join the movement!
Join me in taking a vow of silence to show your support against the discrimination that LGBTQ youth face. The purpose is for you, as well as everyone else around us-to notice what’s going on and how important it matters! You could register with GLSEN or organize an event yourself if there isn’t one already happening near where you live – it doesn’t have to be anything big, just get people talking.
Mobilize others to join in!
Show your support for the LGBTQ community by sharing lessons and statistics on their issues. You can also encourage others in this cause!
Get equipped on LGBTQ issues
GLSEN is one of the most well-known education organizations for LGBTQ kids. They have a website where you can find blogs and other material related to this topic, as well!
We all have a role to play in stopping bullying. Educate children against it and help them understand the differences, so they can seek out when being picked on or made fun of for their size; race (including ethnicity), sexual orientation/gender identity- if you see something happening around school that may be related please tell an adult!
Observe it on social media
It’s the day of silence! Join me in taking a vow to not speak, post or tweet anything today. Let’s use #NationalDayOfSilence and #dayofsilencers along with our posts on social media so that we can educate others about LGBTQ discrimination while spreading awareness together- let’s help spread love instead of anger.”
Interesting Facts About National Day of Silence:
The LGBTQ community faces many challenges, including but not limited to: feeling unsafe at school (over 50% report), being unwanted in their regular environments(42%), experiencing bullying and physical harassment twice as much compared with straight peers. And yet there’s hope! With all these statistics showing how bad things are for them – you’d think most parents would want nothing more than love ought to pursue happiness together–instead, they often struggle individually trying to understand what makes each child different while still expecting similar treatment.
The Matthew Shepard Act was passed in 2009 to protect members of the LGBTQ+ community from hate crimes. The law outlawed these types of discrimination and gave them equal rights as others do, such as being an able marriage or adopting children.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized across America since 2015 when nineteen states plus DC now allow it – but there’s still work left for us!
History of National Day of Silence:
This day of silence has been observed in colleges and universities around the world since 1996. The event was started by two students from UVA, Maria Pulzetti who is now an author with Jessie Gilliam as their partner-lead leader for this movement that would eventually become internationalized with over 100 participating schools at first National level recognition starting from 1997 before GLSEN came onto the scene!