For Immediate Release
Task Force Commemorates Day of Silence
Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"The Task Force salutes each and every student participating in this important event. We know that untold numbers of young people arise each day, unsure if their schoolmates will put them through another day of hell, or if a caring adult will intervene to stop the bullying they endure. We must speak out to stop the scourge of anti-LGBT harassment that diminishes all of us, but particularly leaves young people alone, afraid and vulnerable. The recent suicide of 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover in Springfield, Mass., underscores in the most painful way the pressing need for legislation to implement comprehensive safe schools policies and practices that empower all school personnel to stop the bullying. Let's end the silence, name the problem, and get working to solve it. Our kids' lives are at stake."
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.