DAY OF SILENCEApril 18, 2007 The Day of Silence is an annual event held to commemorate and protest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. Students and teachers nationwide will observe the day in silence to echo the silence that LGBT and ally students face everyday. In it's 11th year, the Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country.
WHY DO WE NEED A DAY OF SILENCE? The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) 2003 National School Climate Survey found: • 4 out of 5 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school • > 30% report missing at least a day at school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.
WHAT CAN THE DAY OF SILENCE DO? • How might you be able to address the Day of Silence in your classes April 18… • Perhaps by scheduling a movie or some type of individualized assignment? • Some students, classmates, or colleagues may hand you a Day of Silence “Speaking Card” (see next slide). • Please give some thought to how you will respond. • The Day of Silence can be used as a tool to affect positive change-both personally and community-wide. The Day of Silence is an effort that can raise awareness on this issue, prompting people to talk and think about it.
DAY OF SILENCE “SPEAKING CARDS” Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?
SRU ACTIVITIES • April 17 - There will be student information tables hosted by the LGBTA at Weisenfluh. - A panel discussion with LGBT individuals and parents of LGBT will be held at 7:00 pm in ATS Auditorium – Hosted by the President’s Commission on LGBT Issues. • April 18 – Day of Silence - Observation of the Day of Silence! - Breaking the Silence Party with guest performers at 7:00 pm in Swope Music Hall Auditorium - Hosted by LGBTA.
Please help to stop the harassment, prejudice, and discrimination!