Lance Bass is supporting Gay, Lesbian &
Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) April 25th National
Day Of Silence in a new public service announcement.
Bass's filmed message, which is set for
release Friday April 18th, supports GLSEN's efforts to end
bullying, discrimination, and harassment of GLBT youth in schools
across the country.
“I think it's time for me to stand
up...and help educate, because I'm lucky enough to have been given a
voice to be able to talk and grab the attention of people,” Bass
told the Associated Press.
On April 25th thousands of
students from across the country at over 50,000 schools will
participate in the 12th annual National Day Of Silence.
The effort encourages schools to adopt policies that foster a safe
environment for GLBT youth while at school.
This year the event honors Lawrence
King, a 15-year-old boy from Oxnard, Calif., who was shot twice in
the head after telling another boy he liked him. King later died
from his wounds. 14-year-old Brandon McInerney has been charged with
The singer said he was touched by
King's death, prompting him to make the spot. “I heard about
Lawrence on the news, and it was just incredible to me that kids that
age would have such an issue...with the subject of being gay.”
Lance Bass revealed his own
homosexuality in a 2006 interview with People magazine.
A recent Harris Interactive nationwide
study found 90 percent of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
students report being harassed or assaulted at school.
Students participating in the event
will carry cards that read: “Silent for Lawrence King: Please
understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in
the Day Of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to
the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which
is caused by anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment. This
year's DOS is held in memory of Lawrence King, a 15-year-old student
who was killed in school because of his sexual orientation and gender
expression. I believe that ending the silence is the first step
toward building awareness and making a commitment to address these
injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today.”