DNC Chair Statement on the Day of Silence

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz today released the following statement on the Day of Silence. The national event, which is led by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools by encouraging students across the country to take a symbolic vow of silence for the day:

“I am so proud of all the members and friends of the LGBT community who are standing together today in silent solidarity to fight anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. It is especially important today, when the divisive and hateful rhetoric Republicans are aiming at our LGBT brothers and sisters continues to encourage anti-LGBT legislation in states all around the country. These actions do nothing more than encourage bullying and foment more cruelty and harassment. But thanks to the courage and care of all the young activists and allies standing strong, this kind of discrimination will one day become little more than a sad relic of the past.

“Since the first Day of Silence in 1996, more and more leaders have been encouraged to take a stand by those participating, and as a result, our nation has made tremendous strides in the fight for full equality. I look forward to the day when we no longer need a Day of Silence to make bullying a thing of the past. Until then, Democrats will continue to proudly fight alongside the LGBT community for policies that advance acceptance and LGBT rights.”