day of silence 04.16.10


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day of silence 04.16.10

  1. 1.
  2. 2. do not take notes….<br />just read….<br />
  3. 3. please understand…<br />my reasons for<br />not speaking today.<br />i am participating in the<br />day of silence (DOS)<br />a national youth movement bringing attention to<br />the silencefaced by<br />lesbian<br />gay<br />bisexual<br />and<br />transgender<br />people andtheir allies.<br />
  4. 4. my deliberate silence<br />echos<br />that silence, which is caused by <br />anti-LGBT <br />bullying<br />name-calling<br />and<br />harassment.<br />
  5. 5. i believe<br />that ending the silence<br />is the first step toward building awareness<br />and making a commitment to address<br />these injustices.<br />
  6. 6. think about…<br />the voice<br />the voices<br />you are not hearing today…<br />
  7. 7. what are you<br />going to do<br />to end<br />the?<br />silence<br />
  8. 8. why participate?<br />i believe<br />STAND UP<br />you have got to<br />for what is right<br />even if it means<br />STANDING ALONE<br />
  9. 9. statistics<br />Nearly one-fourth of students from elementary through high school have reported that they have been harassed or bullied on school property because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.<br />-2001-2002 California Student Survey<br />one-fourth<br />harassed<br />bullied<br />
  10. 10. statistics<br />Six out of 10 American teens witness bullying at least once a day. <br />-National Crime Prevention Council, 2003<br />Six out of 10<br />once a day<br />
  11. 11. statistics<br />Students hear anti-gay epithets 25 times a day, and teachers fail to respond to these comments 97% of the time. <br />-Gay Lesbian Straight Educator’s Network.<br />25 times<br />teachers fail to respond<br />97%<br />
  12. 12. statistics<br /> Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents. <br />-US Secret Service Report, May 2002<br />75%<br />
  13. 13. statistics<br />Gay and lesbian youth are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than other youths, and 30% of all completed youth suicides are related to the issue of sexual identity. <br />-Report to the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide<br />commit suicide<br />
  14. 14. statistics<br />85% of teachers oppose integrating lesbian, gay and bisexual themes in their curricula.<br />-Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth: Report of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, 1993<br />
  15. 15. statistics<br />More than 64% of LGBT students say they feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. <br />-GLSEN 2003 National School Climate Survey<br />64%<br />
  16. 16. statistics<br />More than 91% of LGBT students say they hear homophobic slurs or expressions frequently or often.<br />-GLSEN 2003 National School Climate Survey<br />91%<br />
  17. 17. in 2006<br />lawrence king just turned15years old.<br />he was at the end of his 8th grade year.<br />after to parents and peers,<br />coming out<br />he was relentlessly subjected to bullying<br />by a group of classmates.<br />
  18. 18. one day in december,<br />one of those bullies<br />walked into the computer lab<br />armed with a gun,<br />and shot lawrence at range.<br />point-blank<br />instantly.<br />he was killed. <br />
  19. 19. In 2008…<br />belindaallen was 14 years old.<br />her classmates teased her about<br />her clothing<br />and taunted her, calling her a<br />“lesbian”<br />
  20. 20. it finally became too much,<br />and belinda<br />hungherself from a tree<br />outside a social club using her own scarf.<br />
  21. 21. In 2009…<br />carljosephwalker-hoover<br />had endured daily taunts of<br />“being gay”<br />and despite multiple calls and pleas to the school<br />from his mother<br />the teasing continued<br />
  22. 22. on monday, april 6, 2009<br />his mother found carl<br />hanging from his closet.<br />he was 11 years old.<br />
  23. 23.
  24. 24. everyday<br />you it<br />hear<br />laugh at<br />say<br />allow<br />the problem only gets worse.<br />
  25. 25. think about…<br />the voice<br />the voices<br />you are not hearing today…<br />
  26. 26. i am participating<br />because everyday i choose to say nothing<br />when someone says<br />“you’re gay”<br />“faggot”<br />“homo”<br />i become the 97% of teachers<br />who remain silent.<br />everyone needs anadvocate <br />to know they are not alone<br />to know you are not<br />bad<br />less of a person<br />wrong<br />stupid<br />because i’mnot<br />andi’m tired of staying silent.<br />
  27. 27. “gay”<br />is nothing to be ashamed of<br />wrong<br />bad<br />stupid<br />less of a person<br />it doesn’t make you<br />it isn’t an insult<br />but trying to make it one<br />always makes at least one person feel like<br />lessof a person<br />
  28. 28. please understand…<br />my reasons for<br />not speaking today.<br />i am participating in the<br />