Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wear Purple

What is Spirit Day?

The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of "Spirit Week" held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together.

Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. But just as importantly, it's also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them.

Purple symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.

As one of the event's Facebook pages says: "This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple."

Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand UP to the bullies. Remember those lives we've tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting. 'Go Purple' today!
I wore my purple today!!

UPDATE: You all should go and read Rabbit's post about wearing purple. It's amazing.

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Bouncin' Barb said...

What a great idea this is. It is a shame that people allow others to intimidate them to the point of death. I cannot fathom that. But then again I am a very strong willed person.

Canadianbloggergirl said...

I unknowingly wore purple for a reason today!


amchornetgirl said...

Dang I wish I would've known about this when I got ready for work this am. Of course I have to wear a crappy uniform, but I would've worn purple socks!

becca said...

got my purple on

hed. said...

Love this, although I own no purple items! I am there with you and all my gay friends, supporters, and kids who feel like they are outcasts for choosing to be who they are. Hed hed down under

Tress said...

Well I'm glad you all at least support the idea, whether you wore purple or not. The gay bashing seriously needs to stop. Not to mention just the everyday bullying. It is 2010, when are we as a society going to grow the hell up?