May 03, 2013

>If you're in town check out:

GLSEN Pittsburgh's Break the Silence Party

• Meet new people,
• enjoy free food, and
• bring your iPod and we’ll play your favorite tunes!

April 17th from 3:00 to 6:30
Planned Parenthood Center
933 Liberty Ave Suite 200
Right in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh.
Two blocks up from the Wood St. station.

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

May 03, 2013

>Exciting news around the Day of Silence Facebook Fan Page. Just last Sunday there were over 5,000 fans. Yesterday that number nearly doubled to 11,000 fans! How long will it take to double that number?

If you haven't become our fan yet on Facebook do it now!

May 03, 2013

>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!

And don't forget to follow us on:
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May 03, 2013

>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.

May 03, 2013

>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.

Original article.

GLSEN's response

May 03, 2013

>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. 

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May 03, 2013

>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!

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May 03, 2013

>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."

Adrianne S.

BLOG STORY: Day of Silence stories from the Internet.

May 03, 2013

>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...

May 03, 2013

>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. 

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