This Thursday, October 17, The Trevor Project will join millions of Americans by going purple for Spirit Day to stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth. The Trevor Project works to make schools and communities safer for LGBTQ youth. As part of participating in Spirit Day, the organization is providing tools and training for youth in grades 6 – 12 and adults who work with this age group.
Step In, Speak Up! Is the Trevor Project's interactive online training for adults who work with youth in grades 6 – 12. This unique training gives youth-serving adults a chance to practice techniques for creating a safer, more supportive environment for LGBTQ youth, building skills to curtail instances of harassment and use of anti-LGBT language, and connect with students who need support. Coming Out As You is a new pocket-size book that can help youth in grades 6 – 12 navigate the coming out experience in a safe, thoughtful way.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can get into the spirit by:
- Turning your Facebook, Twitter and other profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday and spreading the word by using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Wearing purple on October 17 and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
- Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Downloading the Spirit Day App
- Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
- Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner