National Day Of Silence
National Day Of Silence is observed on the any one of the Friday of every April. This year the day falls on April 27. It is a day in which students participate by being silent throughout the day to show their support and recognition for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, but can also be used as a day to recognise anyone that is silenced. In the United States, the National Day of Silence is a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’sannual day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of LGBT students. Scholars take a day-long vow of silence to represent the silencing of LGBT students symbolically. GLSEN’s National Day of Silence is a student-led national event organised in thousands of schools, colleges, bringing awareness to the anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment.
“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 National Day Of Silence
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 organised the first event at the University of Virginia in 1996. In 1997, organisers 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. In 2001, the GLSEN became the official organisational 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 27
April 27 is also celebrated as
- National Prime Rib Day
- World Tapir Day
- Morse Code Day
- National Tell a Story Day
- National Hairball Awareness Day
How to celebrate National Day Of Silence
On National Day Of Silence, 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 organise a National Day of Silence 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.