Cafe | April 11, 2019

Day of Silence: Supporting the LGBTQ

On April 12, 2019, thousands of students in the United States will take part in the GLSEN’s Day of Silence, which is a student-led event highlighting the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school. The US - based education organization is working to end discrimination, harassment and bullying based on gender identity and sexual orientation in K-12 schools.

Held on the third Friday of April every year, the event spreads awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students in schools. On this day, students hold a day-long "vow of silence" to signify the silencing of the LGBTQ community. Hollywood actress Julia Roberts took to Instagram account to voice her "vow of silence" for the community. She posted a video along with which she wrote, "Nearly 8 in 10 #LGBTQ students experience verbal harassment in school. Such harassment silences youth, preventing them from thriving in school. On Friday, April 12, thousands of students will join the #DayofSilence, the largest student-led national protest in support of safe & inclusive schools, supported by @GLSEN. You too can join in support of #dayofsilence by heading over to glsen.org/silence".

Ever since the day's initiation on April 1996, the Day of Silence has created a landmark in the pages of history with thousands of students participating in it. On the day, students host "breaking the silence" events, rallies, legislative lobby days, performances, assemblies and more after they have taken permission from their respective schools.

While US has legalised same-sex marriages on June 26, 2015, it was only last year on September 6th that Indian Supreme Court legalised consensual gay sex.  It struck down the application of Section 377 that made gay sex punishable and made a landmark victory for gay rights in the country.

The LGBTQ community in India had been battling social stigma for many years. They had been robbed off their basic rights and even though the Supreme Court passed the law, a truly inclusive society still remains a distant dream.

We, at CaféPopShop lend our support to the LGBTQ community and all such related causes.  We support #Dayof Silence.