The Day of Silence is a national day of action organized as a grassroots project by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. People around the country take a vow of silence to protest the bullying, harassment and silencing of LGBT students and their supporters. The Day of Silence has been held each year in April since 1996.
This year, GLSEN Baltimore is hosting a Breaking the Silence event on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Baltimore’s Washington Monument on the Cathedral Street side. Attendees are asked to bring posters identifying the reasons for silence and a bring-your-own picnic dinner.
The event will be held to honor the memory of GLSEN Baltimore steering committee member Kay Halle, who fought for safe and inclusive schools in Baltimore and built school partnerships with GLSEN. Participants are asked to bring a single flower in honor of Kay and/or anyone who has helped break the silence for LGBT youth
“Many students in the Baltimore area participate in the Day of Silence,” said GLSEN steering committee member Johanna Miller. “This event is an extension of their action that increases visibility around the silence LGBT youth face and allows them and their allies to come together and briefly experience their collective strength.” For more information, visit glsen.org/chapters/baltimore.