Will you wear purple October 20? The tragic deaths of young members of the GLBT community in September alone, with at least 6 suicides due to bullying or abuse, has sparked a movement for tolerance and support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths. GLAAD has announced on their website that October 20th is to be Spirit Day and is asking people to commit to wearing the colour purple to show your support for the teens who took their lives because of anti-LGBT bullying.
And if you want to do more, you can visit the GLAAD website to get instructions on how to turn your twitter picture and your facebook picture purple in support of Spirit Day! The website also goes on to describe the reason for 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.”
So will you be wearing purple on October 20th?