LGBT Students, Teachers Embrace Day of Silence

By Kevin OKeeffe

Originally published on Advocate.com April 11 2014 2:39 PM ET

A search for those honoring the #DayOfSilence on Twitter today drew plenty of reasons to feel good about the current state of schools support for the LGBT students inside them.

Founded in 1996, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's Day of Silence is designed to draw attention to the chilling effect anti-LGBT bullying has on campuses nationwide. Thanks to social media, advocates young and old keeping silent today can find thousands of others doing the same at the click of a mouse.

We've collected a sampling of supportive selfies and messages from Twitter below — share yours with the hashtag #DayOfSilence.

Changing the world one open mind and signature at a time #speakup #DayofSilence #loveislouder @GLSEN @NOH8Campaign pic.twitter.com/Xr5nAwtnrE

— Alegria (@AF1_Nena) April 11, 2014

This is the by-product of a society that legislates sexuality. #DayofSilence: pic.twitter.com/i0ZU5kvG8N

— Hudson Taylor (@hudsonism) April 11, 2014

#DayofSilence is happening today! Thinking about the voices you aren't hearing? #bullying #lgbt #safeschools pic.twitter.com/TTR3d5NIHU

— Kane Atticus (@KaneAtticus) April 11, 2014

My #SilentSelfie for the #DayofSilence pic.twitter.com/E3XIZFiKgF

— Chris Hamilton (@ChrissybooJacob) April 11, 2014

Today went well with the @dayofsilence :D How did you end the silence? #DayofSilence #GLSENsDayOfSilence pic.twitter.com/uRx7hTV0at

— ☯☽Kahri Tipton☾☮ (@obiwan_for_me) April 11, 2014

The end of an amazing, exhilarating first @DayofSilence @GLSEN #DayofSilenceStreetTeam pic.twitter.com/DXQr9ydAEB

— Gabby Hubert (@DumblesLove) April 11, 2014

@dayofsilence my day of silence outfit. I had a great day being silent. I also handed out rainbow hearts pic.twitter.com/UvDC02vG9L

— CAMMIE (@CameronBuras) April 11, 2014

@GLSEN Proud of my students! #DayofSilence pic.twitter.com/o1vNJBnW6x

— Natalie Marie (@LittleItaly10) April 11, 2014

#DayofSilence pic.twitter.com/eeZZnUQM9k

— Kyra Tan-Tiongco (@kyratantiongco) April 11, 2014

#DayofSilence Although I couldn't keep silent all day, I'm with those who are hurting. #SilenceSpeaksVolumes pic.twitter.com/57PjzdO0rR

— becca. (@RebeccaLynnMay) April 11, 2014

#DayofSilence pic.twitter.com/RxSKnvkBDU

— AnnaM. (@Sockfood11) April 11, 2014

#DayofSilence pic.twitter.com/HU0ffzWUJt

— Leland High School (@LHS_Chargers) April 11, 2014

I'm ending the silence by supporting safe schools for ALL students. @GLSEN #DayofSilence pic.twitter.com/V73UPJmmQ0

— U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) April 11, 2014

#selfiesforsilence #DayofSilence #selfiesforsilenceHHS @JManconeHHS pic.twitter.com/xIZ9soZLb8

— Jenna (@JennaSacco_) April 11, 2014