School districts to mark national Day of Silence in support of LGBT activism

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04/13/2023

At least three school districts are poised to mark a national Day of Silence in support of LGBT activism, and the districts say the event is entirely student-organized despite posting it on the website. Broward County Public Schools in Florida, along with Belmont Public Schools and Groton-Dunstable school district in Massachusetts, have advertised the Day of Silence on their website. The event is scheduled nationwide for Friday. On its website, Broward County Public Schools describes the event as a “student-led action” and encourages participation. “The ‘Day of Silence’ is recognized each April in schools across the country,” the district says. “It is a student-led action where concerned students, middle school and older, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment— in effect, the silencing — experienced by LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) students and their allies.”

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