>GLSEN's Executive Director Eliza Byard has spoken with the family of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, the 11-year-old boy who took his own life Monday after enduring constant bullying, including daily anti-gay language, at school. Carl did not identify as gay.
Read GLSEN's initial press release about the bullying and suicide here.
Eliza's message to Day of Silence supporters:
I want you to know that I have been in contact with the Walker family regarding the suicide of 11-year-old Carl Walker-Hoover this past Monday. I have extended sincere condolences to the family on behalf of the entire GLSEN network, explained our mission to end bullying and harassment of all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender expression, and asked for – and received – Carl’s mother’s permission to talk about Carl’s story in the context of the Day of Silence next week. The Day of Silence will fall on what would have been Carl’s 12th birthday. On the most recent call, a family member said, “Even though this event is on Carl’s birthday, we believe it is important that his story be told. Whether or not a student is gay this language should not be used to insult others.” I have expressed to the family GLSEN’s collective resolve to do all in our power to heed his mother’s call to action and ensure that in the future no more students suffer as Carl did.
>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
>Check out the movie "Pedro" tonight at 8 p.m. on MTV and LOGO. "Pedro" tells the story of Pedro Zamora, a gay activist who was a member of "The Real World: San Francisco." He died of AIDS-related causes the day after the last episode aired in 1994.
>Sadly, this is not an April Fool's joke, but it is one of those things you have to see to believe.
A columnist for World Net Daily compared GLSEN, the Day of Silence and GSAs to Hitler Youth. All because we believe that every student has a right to be safe in school and get an education free of bullying and harassment.
>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!
>Here's a idea from a student who plans to use her artistic skills:
"This year for day of silence, I'll be making a small card stating why I'm staying silent, and since I'm pretty good at the stage makeup, I'm going to make it look like my mouth is sewn shut with some black thread... or maybe make it look like I zipped my mouth shut... Not sure yet, still in the experimenting stage for those materials. I'm thinking of making a small pamphlet with information about LGBT rights."
BLOG STORY: Day of Silence stories from the Internet.
>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)