Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Today is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) annual Day of Silence, a student-led action campaign drawing attention to the harmful effects of LGBT youth harassment and discrimination.

Thousands of students from middle school to college across the country will take a vow of silence in protest of anti-LGBT bullying.

According to HRC’s survey of 10,000 youth, Growing Up LGBT in America, LGBT middle school students reported far more harassment than LGBT high school students or straight students.
Among middle school LGBT students surveyed, 58 percent reported being excluded for being different, 67 percent reported being harassed and 28 percent reported being physically assaulted at school.

For more about the Day of Silence, sponsored by Lambda Legal and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, visit

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