#SpiritDay

keep_calm_and_support__by_bystrawbrry-d5icdcjOctober 15, 2015 marks the 5th annual Spirit Day. After a string of high-profile suicides of gay teens in 2010, a teenager Brittany McMillian had the idea for spirit day as a way to remember the lives lost and to take a stand against bullying. GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT media advocacy organization, encourages everyone to “go purple,” the color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Since its inauguration, Spirit Day occurs on every third Thursday in October, National Bullying Prevention Month, and has risen to one of the most visible days of support for LGBT youth. Despite its best efforts, GLAAD lists alarming statistics about bullying on their webpage, citing that today, 55.5% of LGBT students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Millions of people each year wear a flash of purple to stand against bullying and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. 24 Seven joins the cause and urges you to get involved too! For more information see http://www.glaad.org/spiritday

 

 

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