The stars of GENERAL HOSPITAL participated in a special video as part of GLSEN’s annual Day of Silence. “According to GLSEN, nearly nine in 10 LGBTQ+ students experience verbal harassment at school and almost a third miss school because they feel unsafe or uncomfortable,” the soap shared on social media. “On Friday, April 23, tens of thousands of students will join the Day of Silence, the largest student-led national protest to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ+ people at school.
“This silent video is in support of the Day of Silence,” they concluded. “We challenge you to make your own silent video as we support LGBTQ+ students as they take action.” In the short video, GH stars like Sofia Mattsson (Sasha), Cynthia Watros (Nina), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), and more stare silently at the camera to create a powerful message.
GLSEN stands for the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, and their Day of Silence was started back in the mid-‘90s by two college students. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence rallies to help bring awareness to the serious issue of school bullying of LGBTQ+ students.
Although not included in GH’s official video, other actors like Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) and Wally Kurth (Ned) tweeted out their own personal Day of Silence video to add their own support for the worthy cause. “I love this so much,” Haley Pullos (Molly) tweeted about the soap’s video. “I really wish I could’ve been a part of it. Take a stand, support LGBTQ+ rights.”