Lance Bass, the openly gay former member of N'Sync, is speaking out in support of GLBT youth with a new PSA to raise awareness about the 12th annual Day of Silence. On April 25th thousands of students across the U.S. will take a vow of silence as a way to protest the bullying, harassment and discrimination that gay kids face in schools.
Lance Bass Speaks Out on "Day of Silence"
This year the Day of Silence is dedicated to Lawrence King, the 15 year old openly gay student who was gunned down by a classmate in February for being gay.
Students will hand out "Speaking Cards" which say
Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by name-callinmg, bullying and harassment. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?
The 2005 National School Climate Survey by GLSEN found that 4 out of 5 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.
It is pretty damn amazing to me that with it essentially being open season for attacks at GLBT youth that activists are too busy fighting one another to spend more time defending gay kids.