GLSEN that stands for Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network is an organisation founded in 1990 that stands against discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity in K-12 schools. K-12 is basically the term used for primary and secondary education, so everything upto 8th grade.
GLSEN’s Day of Silence is a national day of action that began at the University of Virginia in 1996 in which students vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. GLSEN’s Day of Silence takes place in 8,000 U.S. schools every year and has spread to more than 60 countries. It is by far one of the most followed and without doubts one of the best movements to have still been going on.
The Day of Silence has been held each year in April since 1996. In 2015, the Day of Silence was 17th April. The next Day of Silence is on April 15th, 2016 (which is today in India).
The GLSEN 2013 National School Climate Survey found that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.
The Day of Silence aims to help bring us closer to making anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling unacceptable in U.S. schools.
GLSEN advises students interested in participating to discuss their intentions with their administration and teachers long before the event. Many schools allow student participation throughout the day. Some schools ask students to speak as they normally would during class and remain silent during breaks and at lunch. Other students take a vow of silence on social media. There is no single way to participate and students are encouraged to take part in the way that is the most positive and uplifting for their school.
For my part, I think this is a great initiative and will definitely go a long way in reducing all kinds of discrimination against the LGBT community and will help to develop very strong feelings of acceptance amongst kids.
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