Spirit Day Carries Particular Significance for Southern States

Millions of people—and not just here in the US—went purple in honor of Spirit Day 2011. Organizations across the Southeast, including Equality North Carolina, South Carolina Equality Coalition, Tennessee Equality Project and Alabama Equality, participated in this day that raises awareness about the anti-LGBT bullying that so many of the nation’s youth face. Spirit Day also provided everyone with the opportunity to show LGBT youth that they are supported, loved, and appreciated. Even the White House’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter went purple today. The day carried specific significance for students at North Carolina State University who, just last week, were the victims of a “hate incident” in which someone spray painted anti-gay slurs on the door and wall of their LGBT center. Today, NCSU students wore purple in solidarity and had a public dialogue about the need for LGBT inclusiveness.

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.