The National Day of Silence -- April 17, 2009 -- brings attention to anti-LGBT
name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. It is a time when hundreds of
thousands of students all over the country choose not to speak for one day, in
symbolic solidarity with all the LGBT classmates and teachers forced into
closets by the verbal and physical violence at school … all the people forced to
pretend to be straight in order to keep themselves safe and respected.
Day of Silence web site (Organizing Manual,
speaking cards, stickers, event planning ideas and more):
DoS on MySpace:
DoS on Facebook:
DoS on YouTube:
(2) Lambda Legal's
Frequently Asked Legal Questions about the Day of
If you have questions or
concerns about legal issues surrounding the Day of Silence, such as students'
right to participate, contact Lambda Legal at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 809-8585.
Ask for the Day of Silence Help Desk.
(3) Safe Schools Coalition’s
answers to the inevitable question Why do gay
people have to come out?! What’s wrong with silence?! I don’t talk about my
heterosexuality! Go to:
(4) Don’t be surprised if you
face opposition. An international anti-gay
organization, Exodus International, is providing some of your classmates with
tools to harass you on the day after the Day of Silence. They call it the
“Day of Truth” but their so-called truth is, essentially that it is possible
(not true) and desirable (their opinion) and Christian (there are lots of
Christians who disagree) for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
people to change. The day after the Day of Silence is a time to be especially
vigilant that nobody disrespects your LGBT classmates by getting in their face
about religion once they have asked to be left alone. People are entitled to
their own religious beliefs, but they aren’t entitled to make someone else’s
school day hell.
Tell harassers to
knock it off.
Tell your LGBT
classmates that you think they are fine just the way they are.
Tell an adult if
you see classmates being verbally abused in this way. Insist that they tell the
harassers to knock it off. If they won’t, find an adult who will support you.
It’s not too much to ask!
"Silence kills the
soul, it diminishes its possibility to rise and fly and explore. Silence withers
what makes you human. The soul shrinks, until it's nothing."
-- Marlon Riggs
hath more eloquence than speech.”
-- Martin Fraquhar Tupper
"Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech."
-- Susan Sontag