April 15, 2011 – National Day of Silence
On Friday, April 15, 2011, you can show your support of gay rights by participation in the National Day of Silence. Thousands of students will maintain their silence for part or all of the day. They may hand out statements explaining the nature of their protest.
On this day students take a vow of silence to call attention to the damaging effects of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. In remaining silent you’re making a powerful statement about the important issue of anti-LGBT bullying. “Hate is not tolerated” is the message spread in this effort. When you organize a Day of Silence event and ask others to join you, that message becomes louder and stronger. You can use this attention as a building block in your plans for larger anti-bullying action.
Some school organizers also create or purchase pins or stickers to put on lockers and t-shirts. Others dress in all black, with rainbow ribbons or gags to emphasize the cause and their presence. Also if allowed, special announcements during the day allow the event to be recognized by the school.
You can also take the Pledge as follows: “Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that “It Gets Better.”