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GLSEN's Day of Silence is Friday, April 21! Here are ten tips and tricks to help you organize to put an end to anti-LGBTQ bullying in schools!

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Don’t use duct tape to cover your mouth. Opt for a shirt or sign around your neck that visibly shows your support without hurting yourself!

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Change your phone lock screen to the official Day of Silence statement to show to your teachers, friends, and coworkers over the course of the day why you're being silent.

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Plan something to break the silence, whether it’s a dance, a picnic, or a little after-school meeting to make some joyous noise.

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Remember you have a right to free speech, and that includes the right not to speak. If you feel your rights are being violated, contact Lambda Legal, and they may be able to help!

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Partner with a local GLSEN Chapter to host a Breaking the Silence rally.

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Promote Day of Silence at your school by hanging up posters, distributing flyers, setting up a table at lunch, or even making an announcement over the PA system to get others involved!

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Sign up for GLSEN UP to stay connected with advocacy actions dedicated to the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth in schools.

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Make Day of Silence shirts! You can make them on your own, or create custom ones for your school or GSA! Other shirts are also available for purchase.

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Share the Day of Silence Educator Guide with your teachers and GSA advisors. 

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Use the momentum from Day of Silence to stay involved in LGBTQ student issues. Register your school’s GSA to get helpful advice all year long!

Danny Charney and Madison Miszewski are members of GLSEN's National Student Council.

This piece appeared in the Day of Silence zine.

Are you participating in Day of Silence? Make sure to register!

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