Friday marked the 18th National Day of Silence in the US, an annual event in which students tackle homophobia and transphobia through vows of silence. Organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), hundreds of thousands of students are reported to have taken part in the event. Participants avoided speaking for the day in order to raise awareness of anti-LGBT bullying. “The Day of Silence has grown into one of the largest student-led actions in the world because of students’ determination to directly address the pervasive issue of anti-LGBT behavior and bias in our schools,” said Dr Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director.
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