On Friday, April 14, members of the MBS community are observing the National Day of Silence in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQIA+ bullying and harassment.
Morristown Beard's efforts were organized by Spectrum, a gay-straight alliance club that meets regularly to discuss LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex) topics and organize school-wide events to raise awareness and celebrate the community.
To view the MBS Day of Silence video, click here.
During the day, some members of the community took a vow of silence while others wore purple or tie dye to show support without being silent.
Founded in 1996 at the University of Virginia, the Day of Silence has become the largest student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Here are some Day of Silence resources:
· 10 Ways to be an Ally
· A Guide to Being an Ally
· LGBT 101: An Introduction to the Queer Community
· If you are struggling and want to speak with a trained counselor, you can do so here: https://www.thetrevorproject.org or here: https://www.glbthotline.org/talkline.html
· Phone: (866) 488-7386
· Text START to 678-678