Alec Belle is an online high school student, a self-published author of a compelling novel, and an LGBT youth who stands strongly against bullying.
Today, transgender organziations across the country are joining millions of people to go purple for Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT youth. Check out some of the great organizations showing their purple today below.
Today, as millions of individuals stand in solidarity with LGBT youth for the fifth annual Spirit Day, LGBT youth themselves, along with peer allies, are painting social media purple.
VIDEO: LGBT youth share stories with GLAAD about being bullied
The Hetrick-Martin Institute is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of LGBT youth. GLAAD visited its location in downtown New York City and interviewed LGBT young people about being bullied. They shared their experiences with bullying and how bullying has affected their lives. Watch the video below and see their personal stories:
Carden Crow and his spouse Shronn just wanted to have a picnic one day with all their friends, since they weren’t going to be around for the Tulsa pride parade. Little did they know that there fifteen-person picnic would turn into an event with over 600 attendees .
Last year in San Francisco—a city with gravely disparate living circumstances—there were 7,350 youth and adults experiencing homelessness, 30 percent of whom identified as LGBT, according to the 2013 San Francisco Homeless Count and Survey.
Today, advocates are joining the family of Lateisha Green, a transgender woman of color who was murdered in Syracuse in 2008, at the New York Court of Appeals in Albany for a hearing on whether to reinstate the hate crime conviction against her alleged killer, Dwight DeLee.
The cast of the hit TeenNick drama "Degrassi" is once again showing their support for Spirit Day and LGBT youth.
Mey Rude is a transgender woman. She proudly came out in October 2012 and has never felt happier. Mey's whole life, she never felt like "one of the guys" and always felt uncomfortable being treated like she was a boy. This was a really big step for her because not only did she come out to herself, but she came out on social media as well to let the world know hwho she is.
This Thursday, we celebrate Spirit Day, a day when everyone from celebrities and corporations to schools and community members will wear purple and connect on social media to stand in solidarity against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.