Day of Silence, also known as National Day of Silence, GLSEN Day of Silence, or the LGBTQ Day of Silence is an annual occasion marked on the Last Friday of the last of April by countries such as Canada, Australia, the United States, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.
This annual observation backed by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) aims to create awareness among the masses about the effects of the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students in schools and colleges.
As the LGBTQIA community continues its fight with society, the importance of observing a Day of Silence is very important in the present times.
Day of Silence 2022 Date
Day of Silence has been an annual occasion since 1996. In 2011, the second Friday of April was announced as this day, but since 2018 the celebration of this day has been different. In 2018, this day was celebrated on April 27. In 2020, the LGBTQ community marked April 24 as Day of Silence, and last year (2021) April 23 was chosen as GLSEN Day of Silence.
According to GLSEN’s official website, In 2022 the Day of Silence will be celebrated on April 22.
Day of Silence History
As mentioned earlier, the first mention of Day of Silence comes as a class project created by students belonging to the University of Virginia in 1996. It is said that the “Day of Silence” was the headline of a class project initiated on non-violent protesting and made by then-students Maria Pulzetti and Jessie Gilliam. The aim of this protest was to bring to light the circumstances that the LGBTQ+ community have to grow through.
This activity became a national phenomenon scattered across schools, colleges, and workspaces in the United States. In 2000, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), one of the largest LGBTQ education networks around the world, acknowledged this movement and embraced the Day of Silence as a national holiday. How one can celebrate National Day of Silence this year?
How One Can Celebrate National Day of Silence?
Annually on this day, LGBTQ students and supporters take a vow of silence to oppose the destructive consequences of harassment and prejudice of LGBTQ students in schools.
Read on to know 11 Ways to Prepare for GLSEN’s Day of Silence.