April 20, 2012
By Jacob Combs
Today is GLSEN’s annual Day of Silence, when students across the country take a vow of silence to stand against the invisibility that young gays and lesbians can feel at school. GLSEN’s blog will have stories from supporters throughout the day. If you’ve ever been a part of a Day of Silence activism, you know how powerful the statement can be, and the insightful reflection it can engender in those around you.
On this important day, I wanted to share an incredible video from the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. Working through public education, youth organizing and policy advocacy, the Alliance advocates for a safe and healthy school environment for Illinois students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The fact that these students are committing themselves to helping their peers is truly inspiring–if only we could all have been this wise in high school.