Hey there RVA, the National Day of Silence happens this Friday, 4/11 and we’re looking for school-aged members of RVA’s LGBTQ community to talk about what it means to them.
The National Day of Silence, a project of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, is a day which asks students K-12 to remain silent to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. The event started in 2006 at the University of Virginia, and has grown to more than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the country.
So how do students participate? They remain silent whenever possible throughout the school day.
If asked by a teacher to speak or participate in class by speaking, then they must follow the rules and speak, but beyond that the oath of silence is kept. Students may also wear t-shirts and pins to support the Day of Silence. Lamda Legal has advice here about the legal rights of students for the day.
We here at GayRVA have been long-time supporters (and pas participants) of the Day of Silence, and we want to do what we can to support Richmond area students through the endeavor. We’d love to speak with any of Richmond’s youth before and after the event, and if allowed, we’d love to hear from your supportive school or individual teachers.
If you’re a student participating in the day of Silence, please reach out to us – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a teacher at a Richmond or surrounding area public school and you’d like to speak with us about the event, please reach out to us – email@example.com.
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