Friday is GLSEN’s annual Day of Silence, in which thousands of students from more than 8,000 middle and high schools are silent “as a symbolic representation of the silencing effect of anti-LGBT language and bullying experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies,” according to the organization.
From a GLSEN news release:
“GLSEN’s Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country, with students from more than 8,000 middle and high schools, colleges and universities in every state and 70 countries around the world having participated in the past. According GLSEN’s most recent National School Climate Survey, the only survey on the school experiences of LGBT middle and high school students in the country, 85 percent of LGBT students were verbally harassed at school in the past year and nearly two-thirds heard homophobic remarks frequently or often.”
GLSEN encourages participants to share photos of themselves on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter: