Tabitha Besley supports #DayOfSilence

Jun 12, 2015

Day of silence


Queen’s Young Leader Tabitha Besley has helped to draw attention to an international campaign to support young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The National Day of Silence in New Zealand was run by Tabitha and her team from InsideOut, an organisation which aims to make schools more inclusive places for young people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Tabitha explained: “The event is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools.”The goal of the Day of Silence is to make schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

As part of the campaign people were encourage to take a ‘Selfie for Silence’ to post on social media, along with the hashtag #dayofsilence. As well as a photo of themselves, participants held up a sign saying what they would do to break the silence about homo/bi/transphobic bullying and discrimination.

To learn more about the campaign visit


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