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Today is The Day of Silence.....(Video)

By Charlotte Robinson, April 17, 2009

The Day of Silence is coordinated nationally by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). A day in which students from around the country take a vow of silence to bring attention to the anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender name-calling, bullying & harassment faced in schools by students, teachers & other school staff. Over 500,000 students from nearly 6,500 junior high & high schools in all 50 states & Puerto Rico have participated over the years.

According to statistics provided by GLSEN:
More than 85 percent of LGBT students have been verbally harassed...

Nearly 20 percent of LGBT students were physically assaulted by their
@ school...

Almost 40 percent of LGBT students reported that faculty & staff
never intervene
when homophobic language is used in their presence...

Nearly 30 percent of LGBT students reported missing at least one
entire school day because they felt unsafe...

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Congresswoman Baldwin said...

Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender students continue to face pervasive harassment & victimization in schools. As students use their silence to demand safe schools, we in Congress must use our voices to support them.

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
is openly Gay....

Congressman Engel said...

Sadly, violence and discrimination against LGBT youth is all-too-common in American schools. It is a national disgrace that students feel threatened in school simply because of their sexual orientation. Americans need to know that thousands of children each day go to school deprived of a happy adolescence because of the insensitivity and cruelty shown by some fellow students, teachers, staff and parents. It is tragic to have any child suffer and what makes this worse is that it is completely preventable. Bullying and harassment of LGBT students stems from ignorance and can only be repaired with education. By helping other students, teachers, staff and parents understand the plight of LGBT students, we can help these students live a happier childhood and enable them to earn their education free from fear.

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) & Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) re-introduced a resolution to highlight the National Day of Silence.

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