This Friday, April 19th, is GLSEN’s National Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a student led event in which students all over the U.S. take a one day vow of silence. The vow of silence is meant to call attention to the bullying and harassment that LGBT students must face on a daily basis and in an attempt to call for more safety in our schools for those students. The National Day of Silence was started in 1996 at the University of Virginia and since then has spread all over the country. Individuals can participate in the event by either taking the vow of silence on Friday April 19th, or by being vocal supporters and speaking out against bullying and harassment toward LGBT students. At the end of the day participants will break the silence by yelling, screaming, talking, and just making noise. You can register for the event through GLSEN’s website at http://action.glsen.org/page/s/day-of-silence-2013 (you do not have to register with GLSEN to participate). You will also be able to find more information about the event on GLSEN’s website. “Speaking cards” which can be handed out to explain why you are silent can also be found through GLSEN here: http://dayofsilence.org/PDFs/dos_palmcard.pdf.
Caitlin McGee: I’m a 20 year old (counting down the days to turning 21) lesbian, an aspiring writer and photographer currently working my way through college and trying to make a difference in the world while fighting for the equality we all deserve.