2013 Day of Silence: Teens Go Silent For LGBT Equality
By Mir Kamin on April 17, 2013
BlogHer Original Post
Things may be mostly fine, and a lot of teenagers still say they view sexual orientation and gender identity as inborn and "no big deal," but those same teenagers have been heard to say things like, "She can't be a lesbian, she's too girly," "that kid's just confused," or "I don't believe you're actually gay." And heaven forbid a boy not adhere to whatever the Macho Bro Code dictates that day -- he's "such a homo." Should a kid speak up against this sort of thing, well... you know, it's just a joke. Don't be so sensitive, we're just kidding around!
We have a long way to go, yet.
Want to get involved? Here's some resources:
- Official Day of Silence website
- GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network -- official organization sponsor)
- PFLAG National (resource for parents, family, and allies)
- Gay-Straight Alliance Network
- Born This Way Foundation
- The Trevor Project
- It Gets Better Project
- Healthy Place's hotline numbers/emergency resources for LGBT teens
Are any teens or college aged students in your life taking part in the 2013 Day of Silence?
BlogHer Contributing Editor Mir Kamin wants every teen to feel safe and accepted at school and everywhere else. She blogs near-daily about issues parental and otherwise at Woulda Coulda Shoulda, and all day long about the joys of mindful retail therapy at Want Not.