Watch another of the featured videos from the “What Does the Day of Silence Mean to You?” call for submissions. This video was submitted by Amanda L. from Syosset, NY. About Amanda and her video:
I'm a high school junior from Long Island and a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance Club. I feel very passionately about this issue of those feeling that they have to be silence everyday and I hope this video changes the way people view gays and lesbians.
"Cold Spring Harbor GSA: Day of Silence."
Wow! Thanks Amanda and the Cold Spring Harbor GSA!
We’ve received reports from a number of organizers who have suffered problems after wearing duct tape on their mouths. As a consequence we feel it is important to address this safety issue. While we have never encouraged nor endorsed wearing duct tape for the Day of Silence, we recognize that the symbolism of putting duct tape over the mouth has become quite popular amongst some DOS organizers. Duct tape uses a very strong, water-resistant adhesive. When students attempt to take off the tape we have heard about a range of problems. In some instances there have been minor issues such as having difficulty removing the tape's glue from skin. In other more severe cases, students have experienced hair removal, rashes and skin irritation, and torn or ripped skin. And, wearing tape over your mouth can cause unwanted resistance from your school's administration who may also be concerned for your safety. As a result they may forbid the use of duct tape or try to stop Day of Silence activities. Since the goal is to be able to have an effective Day of Silence, it may be more strategic to consider other ways of showing your support. It's definitely not a requirement to cover your mouth for the Day of Silence, but if you want to consider using a bandanna or surgical mask. They're much safer, more comfortable and you can reuse them! Have a safe Day of Silence! Don't forget to register you event here and check out the Day of Silence store!
A Safe Space Kit Fundraiser
Facilitate a discussion after Day of Silence; invite middle and high school DOS participants to meet for an discussion about their experiences on DOS. Provide snack and light refreshments to keep it casual. Thanks for working hard to support K-12 students! Happy organizing!
Check out another featured poem from the “What Does the Day of Silence Mean to You?” call for submissions. This poem was submitted by Rachel S. from Tucson, AZ.
My lips are sealed shut I will not speak a word on This Day of Silence. This is a day to Listen; this is a day to Think; what do you hear? Do you hear the slurs, The insults of a bully Who picks on the weak? Or maybe you hear Crying – the near-silent tears Of one who is hurt. So many people; Their calls for help swallowed up By our own voices. So today, do not Speak. Listen instead, and see What you now can hear. Thanks for sharing your amazing poem with us, Rachel! Don't forget to register your Day of Silence event here! *Please note, the views expressed in this submission are of the author, and are not necessarily shared by GLSEN.
Check out another featured essay from the “What Does the Day of Silence Mean to You?” call for submissions. This essay was submitted by Kristin J. of Silverdale, WA.
What Day of Silence Means to Me
Day of Silence to me is a day where I don’t talk. It’s a day where I can look back at all the times I haven’t been able to speak up, talk out, and express myself. It’s a day where myself and hundreds of other kids can show other people who haven’t been in our footsteps that yes, there are kids out there who can’t speak up. That there are kids out here that harm themselves because they have to keep everything bundled up inside. This day gives me a reason to go to school, gives me the chance to be with hundreds of other teens and even adults trying to change the world for better. I know how it feels to have to sit back and keep everything in and not be able to tell people what’s on my mind because of the way society is. I don’t want to get judged for what I believe in; I just want to be able to go on with my day knowing I am who I am. But it’s not easy if I’m the only one who knows who I am. This day shows people that we are silent for a reason. Awesome, Kristin! Thanks for sharing your story! Check back tomorrow for more featured submissions! Don't forget to register your Day of Silence event as well! *Please note, the views expressed in the submission are those of the author, and are not necessarily shared by GLSEN.
Check out the first of the featured videos from the “What Does the Day of Silence Mean to You?” call for submissions. This video was submitted by Arial P. of Hendersonville, TN.
"I love standing up for what is right and helping others." -Arial
"Day of Silence 2012."
Thanks, Arial! What an inspiring message!
Check out one of the featured videos from the "What Does the Day of Silence Mean to You?" call for submissions. This video was submitted by Alexander P. of San Diego, CA. Here is what Alexander had to say about his video:
Why I myself am not a member of the LGBT community, I am friends with a lot of people who are. Many of these people are my closest friends and are dear to me. It would hurt me to see them be insulted in ways I've never really been attacked and pressured into the silence the Day of Silence tries to make others aware of. As a student filmmaker, I decided to pick up my camera and share the words of my fellow GSA club members to help bring awareness to the issues of harassment to LGBT youth. Always being a bit "different", I've tended to make the short films and music I create to be a little off and a bit odd. I've always thought weirdness is a virtue. Some people see me as being weird for trying to be nicer to people. But being under the label of LGBT doesn't really make you different, in my opinion it's how you treat people and the world around you that does.
"The Day of Silence- 2012 (A Message from CCA GSA)"
Thanks, Alexander and the CCA GSA! What an awesome video!
We got so many amazing submissions to the "What Does the Day of Silence Mean to You?" contest. Thank you all who submitted an entry to us! Your bravery, resilience, and determination is inspiring. Thank you all for making the Day of Silence such a tremendous event. Your voices are being heard. We are proud to announce the videos and written submissions that will be featured on the GLSEN Blog! Check back daily until the Day of Silence (4/20) to see the submissions!
-Alexander P. from San Diego, CA
-Amanda L. from Syosset, NY
-Arial P. from Hendersonville, TN
-Rachel S. from Tucson, AZ
-Ilana K. from Rockville, MD
-Kristin J. from Silverdale, WA
Honorable Mentions (Video)
-Jackson G. from Gulfport, MS
-Alexander H. from Christmas, FL
Honorable Mentions (Written)
-Katie B. from Lebanon, IL
-Zachary C. from Pendleton, SC
-Teresa D. from Elmwood Park, IL
-Neal R. from Dauphin, PA
Congratulations to the featured submissions! We are so thankful that you took the time to share you stories with us. Remember to visit the GLSEN Blog daily to watch and read the entries! Also, today is the last day of order your Day of Silence merchandise. Make sure you order your materials in time!
We've been getting lots of questions about using social media on the Day of Silence. Ultimately, it's up to your if you want to engage in social media or not on the Day of Silence! However, we think that using social media is a great way to stay connected and stand in solidarity with other Day of Silence organizers around the country. Social media is also a tool you can use to ask GLSEN for support if you are having trouble with your Day of Silence plans. If you do want to use social media, here are some ways to stay connected!
Change your cover photo and profile picture to show your participation in the event! Also "like" the Day of Silence on facebook, and feel free to post about your day with other participants!
Send your tweets to #DayofSilence and follow us @DayofSilence
Tag your photos #DayofSilence
We are looking forward to hearing from you leading up to the Day of Silence and on the Day! Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. Don't forget to order your Day of Silence gear by 4/13/12! And register your Day of Silence event here. Happy organizing, Juliann DiNicola GLSEN Community Initiatives
Who doesn't love a good beat with a positive message? XELLE is partnering up with GLSEN for the release of their third single "Invincible" to support our work to ensure safe schools for LGBT students and their allies.
The ladies of XELLE (JC Cassis, Rony G and Mimi Imfurst) are using the upcoming release of their song "Invincible" to increase awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. And the energetic pop group are going to donate sales of "Invincible" to GLSEN when the single is released on Valentines Day, February 14, 2012 .
“When I was in high school, it was bullying by my peers and being assaulted by a school personnel that lead to me being outted to my family. I then found myself homeless after being kicked out of my house for being gay. GLSEN was one of the organizations that supported me during that time. As a member of XELLE it is important that we give back so no young person has to experience what I did.
XELLE is celebrating the release of their new single this coming Tuesday in New York City. The "Invincible" Release Party is hosted by Season 4 RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Jiggly Caliente and Project Runway Season 9 runner up Joshua McKinley. You must be 21+ to attend the event. There is no cover, but drink sales will benefit GLSEN!
The "Invincible" music video will also be released exclusively on blog.glsen.org on February 15. Make sure to visit our blog to watch the ladies of XELLE turn it out in support of LGBT students and their allies.