The “Day of Silence” April 12: Just One of the Dates You Should Keep

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Does someone look up to you? Talk to your favorite young people about whether they’re participating in the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education (GLSEN) Day of Silence this April 12th. The Day of Silence is “a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.” (

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May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The date is significant because it was on that day in 1990 the World Health Organization finally removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Organizers describe it as “A Worldwide Celebration of Gender & Sexual Diversities” which is now observed in more than 130 countries, including 37 where homosexuality remains criminalized and some 1600 events were reported by 1280 organizations. ( We recently mourned the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk.

Now, May 22nd marks Harvey Milk Day on what would have been the activist’s 89th birthday. Consider taking time this holiday to read The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words. (

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Last modified: April 9, 2019