Q: I’m in high school, and I want to participate in GLSEN’s National Day of Silence (DOS). I’m out to my friends, but I’m not sure my teachers and school administration would approve – can I get in trouble?
A: First, congratulations on being out to your friends – it’s wonderful to accept yourself and feel supported by your friends and peers! Participating in the Day of Silence is a powerful way to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in schools, and to help combat bullying and harassment. During this year’s DOS, which occurs on April 17th, students across the country will vow to take some form of silence during the school day. The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) provides materials to students who wish participate in the Day of Silence, as well as materials for schools that want to support participating students.
High school is stressful for most students, but for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, it can actually be quite hostile. At my high school, McAllen Memorial High School, especially, LGBT students have always been singled out and bullied for being different. The bullying was so bad that many students walked the hallways in fear of being harassed or attacked.
In response to Governor Rauner’s nomination of Reverend James Meeks as Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education, Christopher Clark, Counsel and Youth and Schools Program Strategist for Lambda Legal, released the following statement.
In anticipation of the 2015 Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a comprehensive assessment of the human rights record of all UN member countries, Lambda Legal has authored a set of UPR comments surrounding the policing, detention and incarceration of LGBT people and people living with HIV.
Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of a lawsuit against DeSoto County School District brought by Amber Hatcher, an openly lesbian 17-year-old student who was punished for participating in an annual anti-bullying observance in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.