WASHINGTON, DC — April 12, 2019 — Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, today marked GLSEN’s “Day of Silence” by introducing a resolution supporting the student-led movement to end LGBTQ bullying and harassment. The resolution, which Engel has introduced every Congress since 2002, now has 70 cosponsors, more than any year prior.
Hundreds of thousands of students in the United States and around the world will take a vow of silence today to bring attention to the bullying and harassment of their LGBTQ peers. LGBTQ youth have experienced bullying, harassment, and assault in school at increasingly higher rates over the past few years. Seven in ten LGBTQ students have been harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression. More than one-in-eight are physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation or gender expression. Sixty percent of LGBTQ students feel unsafe in their own classrooms, and over one third will miss a day of school this month because of threats, harassment, or violence.
“I have introduced a resolution supporting GLSEN’s Day of Silence every Congress for the past 17 years, and I’m proud to again support this student-led movement today,” Engel said. “These remarkable students are pushing our country forward on a range of issues, from LGBTQ rights to gun violence prevention to immigrant rights. The Day of Silence sends an important message to the Trump Administration and the world that the United States will continue to fight back against discrimination. We must ensure that schools are safe and accepting for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
“We are deeply grateful to Congressman Engel for his long-standing support of GLSEN’s Day of Silence, and the support of all the Members of Congress who have co-sponsored, which shows LGBTQ youth that elected officials visibly support them and advocate for safe and inclusive schools for all,” said Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director. “This visible support is all the more important today as the Department of Education takes unprecedented steps that place LGBTQ students in harm’s way. It is wonderful to the hundreds of thousands of students across the country, as well as the educators who rally around them, who participate in the Day of Silence and advocate for safe and inclusive schools for all.”
SOURCE: Bryant Daniels, Communications & Deputy District Director, Congressman Eliot L. Engel