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Day of Silence: 2012

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on 20 April 2012

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Transcript of Day of Silence: 2012

Began in 1996 with students at the University of Virginia
Maria Pulzetti
"I wanted to do something for BGLAD week that would impact many people at the school and that would be very visible...I knew that if we held panel discussions and events like that, the only people who would come would be the people who already were fairly aware."
In 2000, GLSEN became
the official sponsor of
the event

Considered to be the largest one-day
student-led grassroots action on LGBT
rights in American history
Maria Pulzetti holds the first ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia
GLSEN becomes
the official sponser
for the event.
The Alliance Defense Fund
began sponsoring a yearly
counter-protest called the
Day of Truth
"Created to counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective."
Day of Silence was held in memory of Lawrence King, an eighth grader from E.O. Green Middle School who was shot by classmate Brandon McInerney.
schools participated
Focus on the Family took over the Day of Truth and renamed it:
“Day of Dialogue”
9 out of 10 LGBT+ students have been verbaly, sexually, or phyiscally harassed at school
30% say they've missed a day of school in the last month out of fear
Daily, LGTB+ students will hear 27 anti-gay slurs at school

“Silence is a
source of
great strength.”
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