On Friday, GLSEN — an LGBTQ youth advocacy network — held its annual Day of Silence, with thousands of students refusing to speak in an effort to combat bullying, harassment, and name-calling.
Celebrity members and allies of the LGBTQ community joined in, taking to social media to voice — or rather not voice — their support.
Despite same-sex marriage being legal in America, according to GLSEN, nine out of ten LGBTQ high school students still say they have experienced bullying due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. (Especially considering the current anti-gay and anti-trans climate of the nation’s administration.)
— Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) April 21, 2017
Out athlete Jason Collins and out actor Charlie Carver (“Teen Wolf”) also stood up for LGBTQ youth on Twitter.
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) April 21, 2017
— Charlie Carver (@Charlie_Carver) April 20, 2017
Some celebs like Michelle Monaghan, Julianne Moore, Rosario Dawson, and Carla Gugino took the time to film themselves not speaking to show support.
— Michelle Monaghan (@realmonaghan) April 21, 2017
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) April 21, 2017
— Carla Gugino (@carlagugino) April 20, 2017
Even Sia decided to silence her usually powerful voice in a show of unity.
— sia (@Sia) April 21, 2017
The goal of the Day of Silence is to get high schools to adopt and implement comprehensive anti-bullying policies to protect not just people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, but also their race, gender, ethnicity, and religion.
According to a Harris Interactive study, two of the top three reasons for harassment are perceived sexual orientation and gender expression, so the Day of Silence aims to illustrate the silencing effects of bullying.
There are currently 4,000 Gay Straight Alliances registered nationwide with GLSEN, and 8,000 students took part in the silent event back in 2008.