What is Spirit day anyways?
It is a new remembrance day where people wear purple in remembrance of those who tragically committed suicide due to bullying from identifying as LGBTQ. This day also serves to support those who are struggling with bullying, and/or coming out, as well as to take a stand against bullying!
Thanks to all of those who are wearing purple today, on October 20th, to stand up and help fight agianst homophobic bullying. It does not matter what your views are on the LGBTQ community, this kind of bullying is intollerable and must be stopped.
We are wearing purple in remembrance of the 6 young gay men who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and at their schools. Purple represents spirit on the LGBTQ flag, and that is exactly what we’d like everyone to have today: SPIRIT!
For all of you people who identify as LGBTQ and are struggling Please know that times will get better, and you will meet people who will love and respect you for who you are, no matter what your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and schools.
This is a wonderful effort to raise awareness of thse concerning issues. However, it will not stop thses acts alone. For everyone, please remember that it is EVERYBODYS job to stop bullying. If you see it, stop it. If you are not brave enough to stop it, at least tell someone who can. Many of us have been bullied before. Remember what that feels like and hlep stop it. Be sure to talk to people who might be struggling with this issue of bullying (no matter what the reason is for the bullying) and make sure they know you are there to talk. Often bullied kids will not reach out to people, they can start feeling helpless, and start on a cycle of self hatred, much like these 6 students probably did. As many fellow bloggers agree, bullying is a community issue we all need to adress.
Remember, it is up to us!!
What do you do on Spirit Day? How do you show your support? Comment below!