Day of silence to send message to bullies

  • 18/08/2017
Thousands of students around New Zealand will be taking a day of silence.
Thousands of students around New Zealand will be taking a day of silence. Photo credit: Getty

Thousands of students are taking a vow of silence on Friday, drawing attention to the silence surrounding homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying in schools.

Day of Silence, which was introduced to New Zealand by the charity InsideOUT, seeks to make schools a safer place for people of minority genders and sexualities.

InsideOUT National Coordinator Tabby Besley says discrimination towards rainbow communities is still hugely prevalent in Aotearoa and more needs to be done to address it.

"Just this week we've seen three highly public acts of homophobia in New Zealand, the Hamilton city councillor who used homophobic slurs, the Auckland pastor who preached that gay people should be shot and a young man who was called faggot and beaten up on Cuba Street," Ms Besley said.

This year's campaign challenges people to look at where their assumptions and prejudice of homophobia comes from.

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