April 22 is marked by public actions around the Day of Silence, dedicated to issues of defending LGBTQ interests. Students from high schools and universities, social workers, and athletes participate. The event finds support from representatives of different population segments.
The first nonviolent protest action against racial discrimination and infringement of human rights took place in 1996. That event was organized by students to attract public attention to the issue of silencing events related to harassment of people with a different sexual orientation or gender identification. People faced physical violence and harassment, depriving them of the opportunity to feel like a full-fledged member of society. In Europe, the Day of Silence has been celebrated since 2006.
How to take part
- Students organize processions, parades, and demonstrations inside their campus and on city streets.
- Read information about LGBTQ and the difficulties people face. Inform friends about facts of unfair treatment.
- Half of LGBTQ communities feel uncomfortable in society. 90% face negativity, aggression, and believe they are outcasts. Change this for the better, give people a sense of security and confidence.
Tolerance is the foundation of progressive American and European societies. 80% of heterosexual Americans support freedom in choosing a partner, they do not protest against homosexual relationships. New positive values are spreading.
When is Day of Silence celebrated in 2023?
Day of Silence is observed on April 22 this year.