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.