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Wear Purple October 20 to Show Support for Gay Teens

By sandymaple |

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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?

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27 thoughts on “Wear Purple October 20 to Show Support for Gay Teens

  1. WIlliam says:

    I gotta dig in my closet, maybe i can find some purple x.x i dont buy much purple =p

  2. claudia says:

    I am 35 and today like yesterday it’s so hard to be gay. yOu loose friends, family and people you care about because of a “noncontagious disease” that you have. If at my age it’s a challenge to face the world everyday, I just wonder what would be like for a teen. Because of the prosecution, and bullying so many wait until they are older to come out of the closet. But is it not a principle the right of pursuit of happiness? where all men/women are created equal? no distintion of race, gender or sexual orientation? why then other mother’s in the playground advise their kids not to play with that other kid because “her/his mom/dad are gay”….This is so YOU! as a person, the solution should start within you! it’s hard but we can do it!

  3. Caron Tate says:

    You’re damned skippy I’m wearing purple tomorrow. I am tired of bigotry, tired of hatred, tired of bullying. We have to stop this NOW!!!

  4. kahlique fame says:

    thank you so much, to every body who is reaching into there closets and finding all there purple,… these past few weeks have been stressful for me, and I’m sure alot of other L.G.B.T community memebers have been feeling the same stress, This is a nice way to show support and love… Thank you so much Brittany McMillan, for everything…you will go down in gay history as a savor…My love, respect and Thanks goes out to everybody who is showing there ‘PRIDE’.

  5. PlumbLucky says:

    You know, I was drawn to purple this morning, for some unknown reason. Felt I had to wear it. Everything I considered wearing was purple. I think I know why now.

  6. Joy says:

    You bet I will. I have LOTS of purple. Them’s Vikings colors. This is a very good cause and I wish there was more we could do.

  7. bob says:

    I wonder why they chose Snoop Dogg’s birthday.

  8. Bean's Mom says:

    I wish I knew about this purple thing earlier. Was it not well-publicized or do I just live in a mom cave? Anyway, now I am at work without a signle piece of purple clothing.

  9. Manjari says:

    I’m wearing purple.

  10. Logan Smith says:

    I’m Wearing Purple, too!!!

  11. Voice of Reason says:

    Yes, I’m wearing purple!

  12. Haylow Black says:

    i’m at school right now, and i am wearing purple! show support for me and other homosexuals! <33

  13. daddo says:

    if i had a purple shirt,i would make sure to wear it,as i would also silkscreen on it leviticus 18:22,or 20:13,or simply romans 1 which speaks against the abomination which is homosexuality…

  14. Jess says:

    I am straight, but believe something like sexual preference should not be an obstacle in enjoying life. I am sporting purple today because I support the LGBT community.

  15. Marie says:

    Not only am I sporting purple, I invited some of my staff to do the same and didn’t know how they would react to the idea. I am proud to say half our staff showed up in purple and another even ran down to the store on break and bought a purple scarf on her break when we explained what it was about. So proud!

  16. skittles+kit kat says:

    omg it is soooo awsome lol !!!

  17. daddo says:

    i have often wondered when this sin in particular got a free pass from judgment,and became something to be admired…only in america..

  18. alexa says:

    yes i wore purple today

  19. lepsych says:

    I am proudly wearing my purple ensemble today to show my support for GLBTQ youth everywhere. Now, I will pray for “Haylow Black” & “skittles+kitkat” that they will emerge from darkness/ignorance and experience the epiphany of acceptance/light. Amen.

  20. Me says:

    Drugs and alcohol are good vaccines.

  21. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    Wish I had had something purple, but then again, I didn’t get out the house today.

  22. Emily says:

    Totally wore purple to work on the 20th, so did one of my coworkers, we had one of those “glad to see I’m not the only one” moments when we saw each other. made me happy.

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