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The Real or Perceived Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Student Protection Project
From GLSEN National
STUDENTS: Day of Silence, April 10, 2002
On April 10, 2002, people who support creating safe schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, will take a day-long vow of silence to recognize and protest the harassment, prejudice and discrimination - in effect, the silencing - that LGBT people face. Instead of speaking, high school and university participants will hand out "speaking cards" printed with the following message:
"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?"
The Day of Silence, which began in 1996, is a powerful tool for creating positive change - at the personal, community and institutional levels - that lasts far beyond the day itself. Depending on the location of your school, the makeup of your student body, the relationships between students and faculty, and other factors, the climate in your school with regards to LGBT people and issues could be incredibly hostile, incredibly welcoming or somewhere in between. Whatever your situation, the Day of Silence is an effort that can raise awareness of LGBT issues, prompting people to think and talk about them.
It can also be a way for you to effect long-lasting changes in your school community. If your school or district lacks a nondiscrimination or anti-harassment policy that includes sexual orientation or gender identity, the Day of Silence could be a springboard for a wider campaign to create more inclusive policies. Or, if you want to get more LGBT resources into your school library, you could use the Day of Silence to build interest and support for such an initiative.
Take action to support the Day of Silence today.
Visit http://glsen.policy.net to take action now!
GLSEN --- Gay, Lesbian, and Straight
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Safe Schools Coalition of Washington
The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project Home Page
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians
Empire State (NY) Pride Agenda
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Unity Through Diversity
LIGALY Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth
"The Real or Perceived Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered Student Protection
("Being safe at school should not be a radical concept".. Jamie Nabozny)
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Last updated 2/4/2002 by Jean Richter, richter@eecs.Berkeley.EDU