>How's this for breaking stereotypes?
...a four-year member of the football and baseball teams, and a band member, Kiran is a well-liked out gay student.
Kiran Raghubir was recently given a Moxie Award and a $2000 scholarship from an organization called PFund.
He always put his academics first—as a result, he has been recognized two years running for having the highest GPA of any player on the football team. According to his Admission Possible senior coach, Kiran has a deep knowledge of himself and his identity, and he is masterful when interacting with his peers. Kiran plans to integrate his love of the clarinet and piano with his college career.
- 2009 PFund Scholarship Recipients (PFund Online)
>Here's an ABC World News Tonight piece. Don't forget the Kleenex.
Print article from ABC News.
Philadelphia Daily News ran a similar piece about Carl and the Day of Silence
Here's an article from the Huffington Post about bullying. And the author asks, "maybe its time for the adults to start making some noise."
>Here's a school that has not only organized a Day of Silence, but has created an entire week of tolerance education!
Geneva IL The Gay/Straight Alliance Club at Geneva High School will host several optional activities this week to promote a Week of Tolerance...
Friday - Day of Silence, where Gay/Straight Alliance students will remain silent and not send text messages during the school day. Students will have permission not to speak from their teachers. All students will be encouraged to wear their Gay/Straight Alliance at Geneva High School T-shirts.
- Geneva students host Tolerance Week (The Chronicle)
>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.
- GLSEN's Break the Silence Party (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Teen)
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
>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!
>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)