>Have you and all your friends registered? Whether you're going to be silent all day or just at lunch hour register your DOS observance at our sister site: StudentOrganizing.org.
Why register? Every person who registers with GLSEN's Student Organizing site shows that they are committed to safe schools. That number is an important way to demonstrate the great impact that the Day of Silence has in schools and communities across the country. It only takes a few moments to sign up and be counted and your registration can make a big difference.
As of today the Day of Silence will be observed in nearly 4000 schools April 17th. But we're still two weeks away. Let's get that number a whole lot higher.
Remember: Don’t just participate, REGISTER!
>Check out the movie "Pedro" tonight at 8 p.m. on MTV and LOGO. "Pedro" tells the story of Pedro Zamora, a gay activist who was a member of "The Real World: San Francisco." He died of AIDS-related causes the day after the last episode aired in 1994.
>Sadly, this is not an April Fool's joke, but it is one of those things you have to see to believe.
A columnist for World Net Daily compared GLSEN, the Day of Silence and GSAs to Hitler Youth. All because we believe that every student has a right to be safe in school and get an education free of bullying and harassment.
>Students are going to break the silence at the Knoxville TN Amphitheater on April 17. A few videos were created to promote this event. Check out the first here created by Brandon Lee.
>BooMarie, came up with another awesome video to promote the Break the Silence event on April 17 at 5:30pm at the Knoxville, TN Amphitheater. Check it out!
>Here's a idea from a student who plans to use her artistic skills:
"This year for day of silence, I'll be making a small card stating why I'm staying silent, and since I'm pretty good at the stage makeup, I'm going to make it look like my mouth is sewn shut with some black thread... or maybe make it look like I zipped my mouth shut... Not sure yet, still in the experimenting stage for those materials. I'm thinking of making a small pamphlet with information about LGBT rights."
BLOG STORY: Day of Silence stories from the Internet.
>A high school in Wauwatosa, WI has found a creative way to participate in this year's Day of Silence:
The Wauwatosa West High School Gay Straight Alliance will be holding a Stomp Out the Silence Day on Wednesday, April 8.
Stomp Out the Silence is the school's way of participating in the National Day of Silence, a national youth movement started by a group of students to show others that people who are different cannot really be themselves or express themselves...
West High School's step team will be performing at the end of the day as a way to show they are "stomping" out the silence.
What type of creative events are you planning for this year's Day of Silence? Dancing? Singing? Modeling? Let us know, in the comments section below...
- 'Stomp' coincides with national event (Wauwatosa Now)
>The second GSA* in the country, located at Phillips Academy (alma mater of Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush), recently celebrated 20 years of existence. To honor those 20 years of organizing and advocacy work the school had an interscholastic all-day conference discussing contemporary LGBT topics.
“It is so rare to find an occasion in which so many young leaders come together to share ideas and experiences. It’s a privilege to build upon our progress within the gay rights movement and to honor those who led the way before us. A lot of progress has been made during our 20 years of operation, but it is our duty as future representatives of the movement to expand upon this transition toward a more open, unified world.” -GSA leaders Liz Brown ’09 and Alina Pechacek ’09
*The first GSA was started by GLSEN Founder Kevin Jennings in 1988 at Concord Academy in Massachusetts.
- Phillips Academy GSA: 20 Years of Friendship and Activism (Mombian: Sustenance for Lesbian Moms)
>Here's a message we just received:
"So I was watching ABC Family this past weekend and one of your commercials was aired. I just caught the end of it but I know that it had Hillary Duff in it and was a discussion about the use of the word "gay" in the pejorative. I thought to myself. "YES!!!" We are on our way.
Keep up the AMAZING work. We are watching."
a 26-year old southern gay
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