April 17 is the national Day of Silence. Started in ’96, it is a student-led day of action toward creating safer schools for everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Students take a vow of silence today to highlight the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment that happens too often in schools. Today serves as a positive educational experience for all who are exposed, as it can promote discussion and raise consciousness.
In addition to taking this vow of silence, there are plenty ways to get involved and show support for the LGBT community. You can encourage others to participate along with you, posting on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #DayofSilence. The event’s official website and download their “Selfie for Silence” print out. Post a picture with the sign and tell everyone what silence means to you and for the LGBT community. The Day of Silence is a way for us to show the LGBT community we’ve #GotYourBack. Check out Day of Silence on Twitter to follow updates. You can sign the GLAAD pledge and let LGBT people know you are an ally here.