The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools.
The goal of the Day of Silence is to make schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Students across the country participate in the Day of Silence to bring attention to this problem, let students who experience such bullying know that they are not alone and ask schools to take action to address the problem.
There is no single way to participate, and students are encouraged to take part in the way that is the most positive and uplifting for their school.
From 2020 onwards InsideOUT will be putting more focus into our Schools Pride Week Campaign, which focuses on celebrating rainbow identities. Schools are still encouraged to participate in Day of Silence if it works for them, and if they would like can then break the silence the following week by running Pride Week.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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This year for Day of Silence we ask the question ‘What does it mean to unlearn something?’. To start with, it might mean taking a step back from ideas or opinions we may hold about the LGBTQIA+ community and trying to look at them differently.
Asking questions like: Why do I think this? Is it true? What do others think?
The LGBTQIA+ community has to do a lot of this thinking for ourselves and the best way to get others to understand our experiences, is to get them to ask these questions too.
Selfies for Silence
Join the movement, share your selfie! We want to know: what are you doing to break the silence around homophobia, biphobia and transphobia?
Download our Day of Silence Selfie Sign, print it out, and fill it in! Snap a photo and share!
Facebook: Share your photo on the wall of InsideOUT’s Facebook page, or send it to us in a Facebook message! If your selfie is on behalf of an organisation or business, share it on your own page to show your LGBTQIA+ followers you stand with them and tag us!
Instagram/Twitter: Share your selfie on Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #dayofsilence and/or @insideoutkoaro
And of course, you can always submit your photo via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org