Day of Silence

Today is the 12th annual Day of Silence, a student-led effort to bring attention to anti-LGBT harassment and to make schools safer for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. I’m proud to say 14YOD’s high school is participating, and she’s going early to get a sticker. This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Lawrence King, a 15 year old junior high student who was murdered by a classmate because of his gender expression. Far too many kids have to live in fear that something similar will happen to them:

GLSEN’s 2005 National School Climate Survey found that 4 out of 5 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.

This is not acceptable, and it needs to change. Efforts like the Day of Silence will make that happen. Please stand in solidarity with the students today, and while you’re doing that, sign the petition to support Equality Alabama’s Safe Schools Initiative.

2 Responses to “Day of Silence”

  1. Nancy says:

    Our Metro school system was just presented a petition to amend their harrassment policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. I was impressed to see that the petition is coming from a student group and that many teachers in the system support it. Sometimes I think progress is being made! Happy weekend… prom weekend here. YIKES!

  2. Kathy says:

    Nancy, that’s great news! I expect many of the teachers witness the bullying and name-calling (and the resultant damage) every day and want an effective method to deal with it.

    I hope the prom is great fun for everyone involved, including you. :)

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