National Day Of Silence is observed on
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein
History of the day
The National Day of Silence was first celebrated in April 1996. National Day of Silence was created by a student named Maria Pulzetti who wanted to make an impact on many people at schools and other places. Students organized the first event at the University of Virginia in 1996. In 1997, organizers took efforts to take the event to the national level, with almost 100 colleges and universities participating in them. In 2000, Pulzetti’s classmates and GLSEN National Student Organizer developed the proposal for the day to become an official project of GLSEN. And in 2001, the GLSEN became the official organizational sponsor with new funding, staff, and volunteers. GLSEN developed its first-ever student leadership team as part of the National Day of Silence. In the last several years, over 10,000 participants have registered their participation with GLSEN each year who are from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities. They include students from the U.S.A. as well as students from all around the world.
Other Celebrations on April 8
April 8 is also celebrated as
How to celebrate the day
On the day, students simply don’t talk throughout the day, and some even make unique T-shirts for the day. It is often run by a school’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) and is student coordinated. Every year hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence on this day. This student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment, and discrimination. Anyone can organize an activity or event, and it can be a powerful way to join together and take a stand and make your voice heard. GLSEN’s National Day of Silence is to take action to push for the most comprehensive LGBTQ policies in schools.
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