The Day of Silence is a student-led action involving students from middle school to college. The students take a vow of silence for all or part of the day to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior.
Silence is chosen as the method to address the problem because it illustrates the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT. The Day of Silence represents how harassment and bullying can silence other students and the supporters of LGBT students.
The first Day of Silence was held in 1996 at the University of Virginia. Twelve years later, in 2008, the Day of Silence grew to encompass over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the United States.