Today is the Day of Silence.
Since the beginning of 2022, nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been filed in various states, a drastic increase from 41 bills introduced in 2018.
This year, the Day of Silence theme is My Silence, My Action.
Started by two college students in the mid-90s, Day of Silence was initially intended to focus on this problem within the school system but has since expanded into workplaces, university campuses, and sporting events, reaching hundreds of thousands of students nationwide.
Where LGBTQ+ people in schools are often silenced and erased, this direct action is a reclamation of that forced silence and erasure. This time LGBTQ+ students and educators are choosing to be silent on their own accord and demonstrate the impact on the entire school community when LGBTQ+ people are silenced and erased.
Find out more about Day of Silence here.
Find more educator resources here.
Why is it important for DPS to visibly support LGBTQ+ students?
“Many queer students do not have family support outside of school, when they go to school and are faced with the same problems, that can be incredibly mentally damaging. They need to feel a sense of protection and community within their schooling.”
“Students need to feel safe and supported when they come to school. DPS should be the model district for how schools are supporting LGBTQ+ students. When community members, stakeholders, parents/guardians & students look at DPS they should be able to easily see that the district fully supports LGBTQ+ students.”
“When an institution as significant as DPS shows visible support for LGBTQIA+ students, that saves lives; that validates experiences; that promotes acceptance in other areas. Simply being acknowledged is so powerful.”
How can the DPS community best support LGBTQ+ students?
“DPS can make LGBTQ+ issues something that is addressed to the entire student body, not just those who seek it to support LGBTQ+ students and make homophobic students less so. Also, DPS should center POC LGBTQ+ voices more.”
“The DPS community can best support LGBTQ+ students by asking the students if they are safe and asking how they feel. DPS community can also do simple things such as asking a student their pronouns so you do not misgender or misidentify anyone.”
DPS is committed to supporting our LGBTQ+ students and staff. We celebrated Pride remotely last year and are excited to return to an in-person Pride event this summer! We recently held our first-ever LGBTQ+ Student Summit this past week with an amazing turnout of students and staff. We look forward to planning similar events in the future. We continue to look at how our systems can be more supportive of our LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families.