Day of Silence aims to raise awareness of LGBTQ bullying

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Thousands of students around the country, including here in Central Kentucky, are expected to participate in the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)’s Day of Silence on Friday, April 21, 2017.

GLSEN’s National Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country that brings attention to anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students typically take a vow of silence as a symbolic representation of the silencing experienced by LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) students.

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That evening, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., GLSEN Bluegrass will be hosting a Night of Noise for Central Kentucky students to share experiences and seek support after their Day of Silence activism. The event will take place at Third Street Stuff in Lexington, and will feature an open mic, with GLSEN Bluegrass providing drinks for students in attendance.

“The Day of Silence is an important way for LGBTQ students to advocate for their rights and to draw attention to the mistreatment that LGBTQ students receive in schools,” said GLSEN Bluegrass Co-Chair Holly Brown. “Any act of advocacy comes with vulnerability and challenges, and we want to make sure that local students have a space where they can receive encouragement and support following this experience.”

For more information on the Day of Silence, visit www.dayofsilence.org.