Soap operas have always been at the forefront of using entertainment to address topical real-life issues affecting the world, and on April 9, GENERAL HOSPITAL shared a video in support of LGBTQ youth for GLSEN’s annual Day of Silence. In the video, actresses Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Cassandra James (Terry) stand in silence backstage on the Charlie’s Pub set to communicate the powerful message.
The Day of Silence was first organized by students at the University of Virginia in 1996, and the event went national in 1997 with almost 100 colleges and universities participating. And in 2000, it became an official project of GLSEN, which stands for Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. This year, the Day of Silence will be held on Friday, April 12, as people take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.
GH has been addressing this issue with the storyline of Liz’s son, Aiden, being bullied in school simply because he enjoys things like baking and princess pencils. Liz has been supportive of her little boy, and portrayer Herbst is doing the same thing with this video alongside co-star James, who is the first trans actress to play a regular character on a daytime soap. GH has also urged their fans to make their own video and tag three friends to spread the important message across social media to raise awareness.
The morning of the actual Day of Silence, GH star Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) shared his own silent video to help raise awareness even more. “I support today’s Day of Silence in the hope that no child will have to face harassment at school,” he wrote. And he challenged more than three people to join him because on Instagram he named wife Cady McClain, Tom Schanley, and Tim Murphy while on Twitter, he listed McClain, Maura West (Ava), and Laura Wright (Carly).
We have no doubt that as the Day of Silence goes on, more and more stars will add their support to raise awareness for this important cause.
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