As the suicide of Iowa gay teen Kenneth Weishuhn points out – bullying is still a fact of life for LGBT kids. The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has been fighting for the rights of LGBT students since 1990, using the national Day of Silence as one way to bring the message home about hate speech. Please visit their website to register a Day of Silence event – and to learn your rights to speak or not from Lambda Legal.
GLSEN requested videos on “What Does the Day of Silence Mean to You?” This was submitted by Alexander P. of San Diego, CA, who says:
Why I myself am not a member of the LGBT community, I am friends with a lot of people who are. Many of these people are my closest friends and are dear to me. It would hurt me to see them be insulted in ways I’ve never really been attacked and pressured into the silence the Day of Silence tries to make others aware of. As a student filmmaker, I decided to pick up my camera and share the words of my fellow GSA club members to help bring awareness to the issues of harassment to LGBT youth. Always being a bit “different”, I’ve tended to make the short films and music I create to be a little off and a bit odd. I’ve always thought weirdness is a virtue. Some people see me as being weird for trying to be nicer to people. But being under the label of LGBT doesn’t really make you different, in my opinion it’s how you treat people and the world around you that does.