Wear Purple October 20 to Show Support for Gay Teens

wear purple
Put on some purple on Oct. 20th

The color of the day tomorrow is purple. In a grassroots effort to raise awareness of and honor the eight homosexual teens who recently took their own lives due to homophobic abuse, Wednesday, October 20th has been declared Spirit Day.

It’s not an event or a rally.  It’s merely a way for all of us who want to show our support and love for these young people and their families to do so. 

According to the group’s Facebook page, the event was organized by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan and the color purple chosen because it represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag.

Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools. RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Eric Mohat, Meredith Rezak, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. You are loved.

Wearing purple may seem like a small gesture, but Tammy Aaberg, whose son Justin killed himself after being bullied at school for being gay, says it will go a long way to helping gay and lesbian teens realize they are not alone and they are loved.  She will be wearing purple tomorrow as will I.  Will you?

Image: Sirsnapsalot/Flickr