Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wear Purple For Spirit Day

Spirit Day on Thursday October 18th is when millions of people globally wear purple or go purple online in a unified stand against bullying to show support for our LGBTQ youth. Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD CEO & President stated, “Spirit Day is a day of national importance that highlights the serious issue of bullying & its disproportionate impact on LGBTQ youth. It also sends powerful messages of support, letting LGBTQ & other marginalized youth know that they are not alone – something sorely needed in our culture today.” Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month Spirit Day began in 2010 a high school student Brittany McMillan created a tumblr post asking students to wear purple following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ & LGBTQ-perceived young people. Since then Spirit Day participants have included the Obama White House, the Empire State Building, Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Kerry Washington, Shaquille O'Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, all Major League Baseball teams, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip & many more. This year some of the celebrities celebrating Spirit Day include Britney Spears, Laverne Cox & Stephen Colbert with companies like Hilton, Target & Wells Fargo joining in & sports leagues like Major League Baseball (Go Red Sox) & NBA stars as well as your favorite TV shows on your favorite networks & thousands of friends, family & neighbors around the world are sending a message of love & support to LGBTQ youth. Unfortunately 85 percent of LGBTQ youth are still facing verbal harassment in schools everyday so let’s keep fighting to end bullying & wear purple for Spirit Day!
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