Gearing Up for GLSEN's #DayofSilence 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012


This Friday, hundreds of thousands of students across the nation will participate in GLSEN's Day of Silence - a nationwide demonstration held in schools across the country each year to draw attention to the issues of bullying and discrimination that continue to face LGBT youth. By remaining silent throughout the school day, student participants stand in solidarity to echo the silence faced by their bullied peers every day.

Over the past few years, many students have elected to speak out through the Day of Silence by adopting the message of NOH8. Being a predominantly silent protest ourselves, we know how powerful and loud the power of silence can be, and we want to encourage all of you to find your own way to participate on Friday.


The easiest way to participate? Sport NOH8 on your face! You don't need the official tattoos - you could use regular face paints, make-up, or even washable markers if you really wanted to. To avoid any potential issues with administration and for your own safety, we discourage wearing duct tape during the day to make your point. Your silence and face paint will speak for themselves! Some of you have told us you'll also be wearing white shirts or NOH8 shirts.

Whatever way you want to show your support, we say go for it! Get a group of friends together to paint your faces before school, or take a big group photo after school with everyone who participated. Get creative!

Share your story about how you incorporated NOH8 into your Day of Silence. We'll be featuring some of your stories in a future post here on the site! You can submit your stories to:

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Remember that you don't have to be a student to show your support. Those of you with NOH8 photos can get involved by making them your social networking profile photos!

Don't have a NOH8 photo? Don't worry! You can add a NOH8 Twibbon to your Twitter icon or Facebook photo by clicking here: NOH8 Twibbon Site

You can find out more information on the Day of Silence website (, including vital suggestions and tips for getting involved.





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