LGBT Activists Urge Students to Participate in ‘Day of Silence’ in Schools

Deena Kennedy, left, holds a sticker for a new gender neutral bathroom as members of the cheer squad applaud behind during a ceremonial opening for the restroom at Nathan Hale high school Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama's directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial …
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The LGBT rights lobbying group known as the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is urging students from middle school to college to “take a vow of silence” Friday to draw attention to “anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

GLSEN urges students to take the lead in a “Day of Silence” in schools to demonstrate “the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students.”

The group calls upon students:

Make it official by registering your Day of Silence participation with GLSEN. The first 3,000 registrants will receive free swag to help you organize the day in your school…Make your voice heard. GLSEN’s Day of Silence is culminating in a massive call to action to make sure your governor is pushing for the most comprehensive and inclusive LGBTQ policies in schools.

“We empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities,” the group states.

GLSEN states its mission is to ensure “safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.” The group has planted itself in schools across the nation, offering what it says are “developmentally appropriate resources for educators” that promote its agenda.

For example, GLSEN’s “LGBT-inclusive” education resources include Heather has Two Mommies for young children, a ThinkB4YouSpeak Guide for grades 6-12 that addresses “the negative consequences of anti-LGBT language,” and an “LGBT Pride Month Guide for Educators.”

history and English Language Arts lesson – reportedly aligned with the Common Core standards – is offered on the story of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was murdered in 1998 and is now an icon for LGBT activists who use their version of his tragic death as a means of illustrating homophobic hate.

The story of Shepard’s murder, however, was debunked several years ago by investigative journalist Stephen Jimenez, who discovered that Shepard was not murdered by a stranger because he was gay, but rather by a fellow drug dealer with whom he often had sex.

In its latest press release, GLSEN announces a new report on the issue of transgender students’ bathroom use. The group says the report shows how “profoundly harmful and unnecessary policies that exclude transgender students from school facilities that match their gender can be on these children.”

GLSEN was founded by gay activist and former Obama administration “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings.