Are you dressed for the day yet? Are you wearing purple today? If not, head on back to your closet and grab something purple. It is important to show your purple today, so go ahead. I’ll wait right here.
The reason why purple is the color of the today is that this is Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. We’re in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month, and it is vital that we take at least one day support LGBT youth, who are often a primary target of intensive bullying.
When I was younger, I had a handful of gay friends. The only thing, is that at the time I didn’t know for sure that they were gay. They did not “come out” until several years later for fear of being ostracized and/or bullied during school. One by one, when my friends revealed their true selves, I grew more and more frustrated by the thought that these wonderful people had felt such a strong need to keep their true selves hidden for so many years. Today the world is a much different place, and kids are coming out at earlier ages. Sadly though, bullying and intolerance still exists, sometime in a way that is brutal and unbearable. With the addition of social media, today’s bullying has extended far beyond the classroom and playground.
As parents, as adults, as role models, and as human beings, I believe that it is our duty to teach our children to be kind, accepting, and tolerant. We must teach our kids to support one another, and to lead by example. Awareness of the seriousness of bullying LGBT youth is so incredibly helpful in stopping it. Let’s take a stand. Let’s show our support.
Spirit Day started in 2010 after a series of high-profile suicide deaths of gay teens, when one teen wanted to find a way to remember those who took their own lives. Since then, the folk at GLAAD have worked tirelessly to involve educators, workplaces, celebrities, media outlets and students in going purple on social media or wearing purple.
It is so easy to get involved, too. Here are some of the ways you can support Spirit Day:
- Pledge to go purple now! Wear purple to take a stand against bullying.
- Use GLAAD’s Spirit Day tools to turn your Facebook and Twitter profile photos purple to show your support for LGBT youth. Click here to get the images.
- Change your Twitter and Instagram profile purple. Click here to learn how.
- Join the conversation using the hashtag #spiritday on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also tell your fans, friends, and followers why you’re going purple using #spiritday.
- Join the Facebook event in honor of Spirit Day. Invite your friends too.
- Like’ GLAAD on social media.
- Tell your company, friends, organization, child’s school or your own alma mater to support Spirit Day.
- Sign up to be a Spirit Day partner. Your company or organization can sign up to be a Spirit Day partner.
- Download the #SpiritDay app, which provides anti-bullying resources, calls to action, and a tool that can turn photos purple and share to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The free app is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
To learn more about Spirit Day, go to http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/.