Friday, April 25, 2008

Stop Anti-LGBT Bullying in a Day of Silence

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin called on colleagues in the House
to recognize this year's National Day of Silence to be held today.
The National Day of Silence is a day in which students take a vow
of silence to bring attention to the anti-lgbt name-calling, bullying,
& harassment faced by individuals in schools, including students,
teachers & other school staff. The National Day of Silence is
coordinated nationally by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education
Network (GLSEN). An estimated 500,000 students from nearly
5,000 junior & high schools in all 50 states & Puerto Rico have
participated in the National Day of Silence in past years & more
than 6,000 schools have registered this year.
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In remarks on the House floor, Congresswoman Baldwin told her
colleagues, "This year's event will be held in memory of Lawrence King,
a California 8th-grader who was shot & killed Feb. 12 by a classmate
because of his sexual orientation & gender expression. Larry's death
is an unnecessary reminder of what we already know: lesbian, gay,
bisexual & transgender students continue to face pervasive harassment
& victimization in schools. As students use their silence to demand schools
are safe for all students, it is my hope that we in Congress will use our
voices to ensure that it be so."
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