On Friday 20 November 2015, let’s flood Twitter with messages against transphobic bullying.
The majority of young people who don’t fit traditional gender norms are bullied.
Bullied in the street, bullied at home, bullied at school – by pupils AND teachers.
At Gendered Intelligence we support gender non-conforming young people – no matter how they identify. Through youth groups, school training, research and campaigning, we are making a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of young people.
November 16th-20th is National Anti-Bullying week here in the UK, and Gendered Intelligence has launched the Stop Our Silence campaign to raise awareness of gender-based bullying, to raise funds to run youth groups, and to show solidarity with all young people who are being silenced because of who they are.
We’re asking allies of young trans people to stand up to bullying. Not all young people are able to speak out about the discrimination they face, out of fear of recrimination or of not being taken seriously by people who should be protecting them.
How to create a selfie
1. Write a message about being silenced or bullied on a large piece of paper or download our #SoS poster.
The message should start with:
“I was silent because…” [add reason that you felt you had to be silent or keep something to yourself]
“They silenced me with…” [words or ways people made you feel hurt or unsafe]
“I will never be silent again because”…
If you have not been affected by gender-related or transphobic bullying, your message could be:
“Let’s end the silence around gender-based bullying”
“Let’s end the silence around transphobic bullying”
Please add one of our hashtags below your message.
They are: #StopOurSilence and #SoS
If you have ideas for your own messages, feel free to be creative. You don’t have to follow the guidelines above.
2. Take a picture of yourself with the message
Using a smart phone, tablet or a regular digital camera. If you don’t want to be in the picture, simply take a picture of the message itself.
3. Post it online or send it to GI
Tweet your images to @GIYouthgroup and use the hashtags #StopOurSilence and #SoS
If you don’t use social media, send them to this GI address with permission for us to post them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and the SOS blog
If you are under 16 and would like to take part in our selfie campaign, please contact us so we can ask your parents’ permission.
Please let us know if you have any questions about something mentioned above.