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.
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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!
Spirit Day Ambassador Brittany McMillan came up with the idea for Spirit Day as a way to show support for LGBT young people who might be targeted by bullies, and to remember those victims of bullying whose lives were lost to suicide. GLAAD has been the driving force behind Spirit Day’s success in the media since its inception two years ago. GLAAD has inspired the media to share Spirit Day’s message far and wide, with millions upon millions of people throughout North America. GLSEN works every day to educate and empower schools and school officials to support LGBT students. GLSEN encourages students and educators to strive to create safe spaces and healthy learning environments for LGBT young people. The Trevor Project does critical work with troubled young people, many of whom have been told by bullies that there is no place for them in this world. The Trevor Project tells them the truth, which is that they are loved and cared for. All three of these organizations embody the soul of Spirit Day.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. www.glaad.org
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools. www.glsen.org
About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. www.thetrevorproject.org