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GLSEN Day of Silence Proclamation

New Mexico state proclamation declaring April 22, 2022, at GLSEN Albuquerque Day of Silence

State of NM Executive Office Santa Fe, NM

  • WHEREAS, the GLSEN National Dav of Silence is a day in which students take a vow of silence to bring attention to the anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools: and
  • WHEREAS, GLSEN Albuquerque is a nonprofit organization that works to create safe and affirming learning environments in primary and secondary schools across New Mexico, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression: and
  • WHEREAS, some might perceive a Day of Silence as counterintuitive to making your voice heard, GLSEN Albuquerque wants students and educators to demonstrate the power or silence to amonsiral the loudness of bullying and mistreatment that LGBTOlA+ youth experience: and
  • WHEREAS, the Day of Silence highlights the power of silence to address the often-overlooked experiences and unheard stories of LGBTOLA+ youth in institutional spaces: and
  • WHEREAS, 69 percent of LGBTQ+ students reported being verbally harassed by their peers at school because or their sexual orientation, and 57 percent because of their gender expression; 26 percent or students reported being physically harassed by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation, and 22 percent because of their gender expression; and 11 percent of LGBTQ+ students reported being physically assaulted by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation, and 10 percent because of their gender expression; and
  • WHEREAS, 45 percent of LGBTQ+ students reported being cyberbullied; and
  • WHEREAS, transgender students were more likely than all other students to report feeling unsafe at school because of their gender expression; and
  • WHEREAS, student academic performance is affected such that LGBTQ+ students who experienced high levels of harassment and assault because of their sexual orientation or gender expression report a lower grade point average than those of LGBTQ+ students who experienced low levels of such harassment and assault: and
  • WHEREAS, 59 percent of LGBTQ+ students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation and 33 percent reported missing at least one entire school day in the preceding month because of safety concerns and
  • WHEREAS, the presence of supportive staff contributed to a range of positive indicators including fewer reports of missing school, fewer reports of feeling unsafe, greater academic achievement, higher educational aspirations, and a greater sense of school belonging, and 
  • WHEREAS, every child should be guaranteed an education tree from name-calling, bullying, harassment, discrimination regardless or his or her sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; and
  • WHEREAS, at the end of the Day of Silence, participating students and educators break the silence with a celebration highlighting the voices of LGBTQIA+ youth, shining a light on the voices that were missed in critical spaces.
  • NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michelle Lujan Grisham. Governor of the State of New Mexico. do hereby proclaim April 22, 2022, as:

"GLSEN Albuquerque National Day of Silence"

Signatures fro Maggie T Oliver and Michelle L Grisham