It’s official: Spirit Day is almost here. On October 19, millions of Americans will once again wear purple in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth.
This year, GLAAD is counting down to Spirit Day with 19 Days of Action – quick and easy steps you can take each day to help stand up to bullying.
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#SpiritDay: 19 Days of Action – Day 10, October 10
Happy UNITY DAY! PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center has a list of ways you can help support young people who have experienced bullying.
In your school or community:
- Hold a classroom discussion to define the word "Unity".
- Write the word “UNITY” on your hand, on your notebook, or create a banner to sign.
- Print a “poster” (English or Spanish) and post it in your locker or school hallway.
- Share information about Spirit Day with others participating, and let them know how they can help show their support for LGBT youth on 10/19.
- “Attend” and “Share” the UNITY DAY Facebook Event with family and friends.
- Update your Facebook status to something related to UNITY DAY.
- Sign “The End of Bullying Begins With You” Petition.
- Share information about Spirit Day with on your Facebook and Twitter pages, and encourage your friends to continue showing their support by going purple on 10/19.
You can also stand up against bullying by signing a new petition asking President Obama and Governor Romney to wear purple on October 19th for Spirit Day.
The petition was created by Katy Butler, Spirit Day Ambassador, who previously created a Change.org petition calling on the MPAA to change the rating of BULLY from ‘R’ to ‘PG-13’. The rating was finally changed, helping bring this important film to young people across the nation.
When you text PURPLE to 80888, you are supporting the important work GLAAD, GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth!
Be sure to check www.glaad.org/spiritday tomorrow for more easy ways you can take part in Spirit Day and help take a stand against bullying! You can also download the “Go Purple for #SpiritDay powered by Toyota Financial Services” apps for iPhone and Android. The app provides users with anti-bullying resources, calls to action, and a tool that can turn photos purple and share to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The free app is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
Tweet about your support for Spirit Day: