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The L Word and Grey’s Anatomy stars post silent videos to help LGBT+ kids ‘find their voice’

Lily Wakefield April 21, 2021
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Jennifer Beals, Jazz Jennings and Finneas O'Connell take part in the GLSEN Day of Silence

Jennifer Beals, Jazz Jennings and Finneas O'Connell have taken part in the GLSEN Day of Silence. (Twitter/ Instagram)

The L Word icon Jennifer Beals and the cast of Grey’s Anatomy are among celebrities posting silent videos to mark GLSEN Day of Silence.

The Day of Silence, a student-led demonstration in which queer pupils and their allies take a vow of silence to protest bullying, harassment and discrimination against LGBT+ youth in schools, takes place on Friday (23 April).

Posting her video, Beals, who played Bette on The L Word, wrote: “This silent video is in support of Day of Silence.

“Over four out of five LGBT+ students don’t see positive LGBT+ representation in their curriculum, nearly nine in 10 experience harassment or assault, and almost a third miss school because they feel unsafe or uncomfortable

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“On Friday, 23 April, tens of thousands of students will join the Day of Silence, the largest student-led national protest in support of safe and LGBT-inclusive schools, supported by GLSEN – that moment of silence to help find their voice.”

 

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Videos were also posted by the cast of Grey’s Anatomy, Finneas O’Connell, brother and collaborator of Billie Eilish, YouTube star Jazz Jennings and The Flash actor Danielle Panabaker.

 

Silent celebrity videos draw criticism

According to the GLSEN website, after students spend the day in silence, they end the event with “Breaking the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences during the protest and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive”.

But some still accused the celebrities of tokenism by getting involved.

Day of Silence is just another term for ‘I see you, I hear you’ type of BS,” said one person.

“We don’t need your silence, it won’t repeal bills/ laws against our community. It won’t educate people.

“WHAT WE NEED IS FOR YOU TO SPEAK UP, SUPPORT OUR CAUSES, AND DO SOMETHING.” 

Related topics: Celebrities, day of silence, LGBT young people

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