By Chris C

All across Southern California and around the nation students are fighting back against bullying and harassment with nonviolent direct action culminating in today’s Day of Silence.

GLSEN’s Day of Silence began 13 years ago when University of Virginia students wanted to find a way to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment on campus. Now one of the most visible days of advocacy for LGBTQ youth, GSA leaders are using the momentum to carry out actions in the days leading up to Day of Silence to speak out about their experiences before remaining silent on this day.

Hear from one of our Queerdom Leaders below and follow all the action today using‪ #‎DayofSilence‬ and ‪#‎TQYouthPower‬.

See how other GSA’s are taking action.

“Today we are asking our fellow students to join us in creating selfie signs. We are asking students to complete the the sentence “Silence is…Some examples are, “Silence is standing up against hate.” “Silence is giving hope to those who cannot speak.”

After taking a selfie students can leave their handprint with purple paint on our Day of Silence Pledge Wall. We would like to leave an everlasting impact on our peers day and their life. So everyone can stand up against bullying and harassment and join us in ending homophobia and transphobia on our campus and in our community.” -Ramiro Perez Santee Educational Complex GSA Club member.

“We are so honored to take part in such a powerful action. We took over the English Department building with students, teachers and administration staff in complete silence. We could not believe how epic it was to stand on the steps and empower the whole school. We hope students who watched us, walked by and took pictures will understand bullying is a real issue and we as a community should do our part to have all student feel included and safe.” -Itzel Meneses and Sam Holland Roosevelt High School GSA Club Members.

Read coverage of the event here:

Long Beach Press-Telegram