Identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender is difficult for students. Often times they go into seclusion out of fear of being ostracized, targeted and or bullied.     

Well, today is National Day of Silence is a student-led movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them. The Day of Silence brings illustration to schools and colleges on how  intimidation, name calling and general bullying has a silencing effect.  Participating students take a day-long vow of silence.

Check out the video below to see how National Day of Silence is demonstrated.

 

HISTORY

University of Virginia students organized the first Day of Silence in 1996 as part of a class assignment on non-violent protests, . Since then, National Day of Silence has been observed each year in April. Students are encouraged to gain permission from their school before organizing an event for National Day of Silence.