The Voice of the Crowd on the National Day of Silence

Today is the National Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a student-led event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Now, more than ever, when there is so much attention focused on in-school bullying and its sometimes devastating consequences, the Day of Silence is an important way to focus attention on the problem. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students.

In honor of National Day of Silence, I thought I would share some of the GLBT crowdsourcing efforts out there:

Grindr is a digital business that caters to the GLBT community that is now in 192 countries. And now Grindr has launched Grindr for Equality to raise awareness of GLBT issues. Basically, Grindr uses its geo-targeting software to send messages to their community about specific events in the GLBT community in order to continue to not only grow a network, but support a community. Anyone can submit events and ways to engage on Grindr a network of over 3.5 million.

Out Magazine recently covered a list of alternative GLBT-themed movies that circumvented traditional fundraising efforts by crowdfunding their films, including Matt Shepard Was a Friend of Mine (a friend’s documentary examining the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s tragic death) and Call me Kuchu (a documentary about the 2011 murder of gay rights activist David Kato and the queer community of Uganda). Both films that speak to the National Day of Silence’s theme.

What other GLBT crowd efforts are there out there? What other ways can the crowd help to end the silence?

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