This is the 11th annual Day of Silence, one of the largest student-led actions in the country. The purpose of the event, a project of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools.

Today, students and teachers around the country take a vow of silence, in an act of personal activism. Some will pass out stickers and wear a card with this information:

“Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?”

According to GLSEN’s 2005 National School Climate Survey, more than 64% of LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school  — and 29% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.

The effort has been quite a success, with more than 500,000 students at nearly 4,000 K-12 schools, colleges and universities participating in the Day of Silence.

This has driven the fundies crazy, and so this year Linda Harvey of Mission[ary Position] America has organized an effort to keep kids out of school lest they learn about tolerance, launching the web site

“Teenagers deserve an opportunity to study English, history, math, and science — without being subjected to pro-homosexual proselytizing sanctioned by school authorities.”

Check out this low-rent winger Day of Silence counter-protest in Massachusetts — if this is the best the wingers can do there, they better close up shop now. This site is so low-rent it boggles the mind. Read the mission statement after the flip.Here’s the mission statement for the “Day of Defiance” against the Homosexual Agenda.  (H/t, Herb.)

The Day of Defiance is a day of protest and civil disobedience in response to the Day of Silence occuring on the same day in each of Massachusetts’ public high schools. The annual Day of Silence disrupts the taxpayer-funded school day with a promotion of the radical homosexual agenda, and consists of silence throughout the school day, with a Breaking the Silence event featuring GLBT speakers afterwards, urging students to publicly come out as gay/lesbian/bi/transgender!

The Day of Defiance was initiated by the Massachusetts grassroots conservative groups MassResistance and the Massachusetts Federation of Conservative Bloggers to stand up for taxpaying parents’ rights in public education, while also offering an alternative view of the issues to Massachusetts students (a rare occurrence, undoubtedly the first for many). The Day of Defiance will feature events outside of a number of Massachusetts high schools with picketers, sign holders, and guest speakers during free periods, lunch time, and after school (when the Breaking the Silence event commences).

Supportive conservative students, parents, and teachers, are encouraged to join us in this effort to protest the rampant cases of educational malpractice in our public schools, while also providing students with the other half of the story on family issues and conservative ideas which have been censored, stereotyped, and belittled during the course of their ‘education’. Please stay tuned to the ways YOU can participate on Wednesday, April 25th, including detailed event programs for the high schools where Day of Defiance demonstrations will be held, and click here to sign up today!

H/t, Steve.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding