More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Spirit Day Gets Lots of Support from Christian Denominations
In honor of Spirit Day, dozens of communities of faith pledged to wear purple in support of LGBT youth, and to speak out against bullying.
The More Light Presbyterians, a coalition of congregations and faith leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), voiced their support via Twitter. Founded in the mid-1970s, the More Light movement endorses the following mission statement: “Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”
DignityUSA, an organization that works for justice and respect for all LGBT persons within the Roman Catholic Church, partnered with GLAAD’s Religion, Faith, and Values program as a co-sponsor of Spirit Day activities. The United Church of Christ changed its Facebook profile picture purple in support of Spirit Day, a move that was liked by over 350 people, and shared 76 times. Lutherans Concerned/North America showed their support of Spirit Day via their Facebook in sharing Ross Murray’s video on why he’s going purple for Spirit Day. Go watch it, right now!
Other faith communities that took the Spirit Day pledge included the Metropolitan Community Church, the Gay Christian Network, and the Unitarian Universalists.
Although Spirit Day was celebrated on Thursday, many churches are planning on including Spirit Day activities during their worship services this weekend. Many congregations have encouraged their members to wear purple to worship as a sign of support for LGBT youth. If you congregation would like to participate, there’s still time! Be sure to visit the faith resources on the Spirit Day webpage. If your congregation does something for Spirit Day, be sure to share it with us. A photo, a video, a story, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear how you celebrated Spirit Day!