Today is GLSEN's 18th annual Day of Silence -- and we want to hear (non-verbally) how it goes!
The Day of Silence is a day in which people of all sexual orientations and gender identities who support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights take a vow of silence to recognize and protest the silence that LGBT people face each day.
Every month 1,000 young people contract HIV.
I just made up a new word. Prisonification (n): The act of making something more like a prison.
Instead of putting resources into supporting counselors and restorative practices in schools, members of Congress and school districts around the country are instead proposing guns and guards as the solution to making schools safer.
Safer... like a prison.
If that doesn't sound like a safe learning environment to you, join the National Week of Action, April 1-5, 2013!
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Running on two cups of coffee and five hours of sleep, I stepped into Agnes Scott College for the 2013 Georgia youth GSA summit. The moment I stepped in, I was energized. The energy radiated off of everyone and there were over 350 people in attendance, representing nearly 80 college and high school clubs from across Georgia. I had on a purple button up and a rainbow bowtie. I knew I could wear whatever I wanted today without fear of judgment.
Many young people explain that their high school history classes focus almost entirely on the contributions of white straight men, with little mention of the contributions of people of color, LGBTQ people, and women. Similar complaints have been made about the LGBTQ movement, which shows that sexism and racism spread far beyond mainstream culture and we must all work against these oppressions.
Terisa Tinei Siagatonu, a spoken word artist and poet, asked 200 people to stand and raise their fists in the air. That was just the start of the day -- and that spirit of solidarity and empowerment persisted throughout this year's incredible Expression Not Suppression (ENS) conference.