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Julia Roberts stands strong with LGBTI youth by being totally silent

Julia Roberts stands strong with LGBTI youth by being totally silent

Julia Roberts

Ahead of the Day of Silence tomorrow, Julia Roberts posted a video yesterday (10 April) in which she stood strong with LGBTI youth.

The Pretty Woman superstar posted the silent video to encourage her followers to join the #DayOfSilence.

Moreover, the student-led national event sees folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTI youth in school.

US schools have held the day in April since 1996.

What did Julia say?

Or not say, rather. The actress posted a black and white video of herself staring pensively outwards.

But her act of silence, and the accompanying caption, were deafening.

‘Nearly 8 in 10 #LGBTQ students experience verbal harassment in school,’ she wrote.

‘Such harassment silences youth, preventing them from thriving in school.

‘On Friday, April 12, thousands of students will join the #DayofSilence, the largest student-led national protest in support of safe & inclusive schools, supported by @GLSEN.

‘You too can join in support of #dayofsilence by heading over to glsen.org/silence.’

Why was she being silent?

Day of Silence is a US campaign ran by the group GLSEN. Founded in 1990, the group aims to make the American education system more LGBTI-inclusive.

Furthermore, the annual day promotes awareness of LGBTI-phobic bullying in school hallways. Schools have held the day since April 1996.

In 2008, GLSEN claim hundreds of thousands of students at more than 8,000 schools participated in the Day of Silence.

Julia Roberts, a 10/10 ally

But from asking people to donate to an LGBTI charity for her 49th birthday to standing behind trans teens against the Trump administration, Roberts gets an A for Ally.

In addition, the 51-year-old once pleaded to People magazine: ‘We need to be progressive.

‘So I’m hoping that the more people come out and speak up, the more people will start realize this affects them too.’

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