PHOTOS: Laverne Cox speaks at #SpiritDay rally for LGBT youth in SC

Since 2010, each year We Are Family has hosted a Spirit Day event to support LGBT youth and to take a stand against bullying. On October 17, 2013, We Are Family partnered with the College of Charleston Cougar Activities Board, the College of Charleston Office of Institutional Diversity, and the College of Charleston Women's and Gender Studies program to welcome Laverne Cox, who grew up in the south.

During the rally, there was an opportunity for interviews with Cox. After the interviews, the College of Charleston department of Women's and Gender Studies hosted a student meet and greet session. From then, the rally took place until 8pm and included a musical performance by Megan Jean and the KFB, as well as speeches by local youth. There was also an address by Amy Garbati, Director of Charleston Area Transgender Support and the SC Equality TranAction network.

To conclude, We Are Family hosted a post-rally VIP reception and fundraiser with Laverne Cox at the Michael Mitchell gallery in downtown Charleston. Donations were accepted as means to secure a spot at the event since space was limited to 50 people.

Each year, millions of people from all across the world wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, media outlets, corporations, sports leagues and organization, faith groups, schools, local communities and even national landmarks.

We Are Family hosts a group for LGBT and straight ally youth every Tuesday night from 7-8:30pm in the Meeting House at Circular Congregational Church. 

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