10/19/10 – by Mary Ingalls
Around the world – Tomorrow people will be wearing purple for LGBT ‘Spirit Day’ to honor the memory of the teens who took their own lives in as a result bullying and to show support to our youth.
Spirit day was created two weeks ago by teenager Brittany McMillan a Canadian teenager who wanted to bring awareness to the bullying suffered by LGBT teens.
Her Facebook page reads:
“It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in memory of the recent gay suicides. Many of them suffered from homophobic abuse in their schools or in their homes. We want to take a stand to say that we will not tolerate this. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th to remember all the lives of LGBTQ youth that have been lost due to homophobia. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.”
A similar page has over 1,300,000 people committed to wearing purple.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has a “Wear Purple page that features tools for people to purple their profile pic on Twitter or Facebook, as well as links to The Trevor Project (866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) and The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ( 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for anyone that needs immediate help.
The purple stripe in the rainbow flag represents Spirit.