19 Days to #SpiritDay
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.
Ready to get started?
- #SpiritDay is tomorrow! You've taken the pledge, you've gone purple using GLAAD's #SpiritDay tool, you've helped spread the word. This is a final reminder to everyone: TOMORROW, on Friday, October 19, wear purple and use the #SpiritDay hashtag! Spirit Day is meant to stop bullying and support LGBT youth! When you text PURPLE to 80888, you are supporting the important work GLAAD, GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day.
- Now that you've gone purple using GLAAD's #SpiritDay tool, help spread the word on social media!
Now that you've gone purple using GLAAD's #SpiritDay tool, tell your favorite celebrities to do the same! Celebrities like Dianna Agron, George Takei and Pauly D are all going purple for Spirit Day. Check out our list and tweet at those who are not yet on it.
Go purple on Facebook and Twitter by turning your profle pictures purple! Use GLAAD's #SpiritDay tool and after you turn your profile pictures purple, spread the word by posting to Twitter and Facebook.
You can also download a free Facebook cover photo to turn your whole profile purple
- Ally Week begins tomorrow! From Monday (October 15th) to Friday (October 19th) this week, GLSEN and students across the country will celebrate Ally Week, a week for students to identify, support, and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying, and harrassment in America's schools.
- Are you an Ally? Take the Ally Pledge if you believe that all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression deserve to feel safe and supported.
- Students: If your student group or GSA (gay-straight alliance) is participating in Ally Week, share your involvement by registering your event so you can receive resources and support from GLSEN. Read and submit your Ally Stories online and use this week to thank the Allies in your life. Learn more about how to participate in Ally Week on the Ally Week website
- Get your purple American Apparel gear! On #SpiritDay, purple, the color that represents 'Spirit' on the rainbow flag, is worn in support of LGBT youth. Until October 19, you can receive 10% off any purple item you order from American Apparel when you enter the promo code: SPIRIT. An additional 10% of the proceeds your purple purchases will be donated to GLAAD!
After you text PURPLE to 80888, post to Facebook and Twitter. Then ask 5 friends to also text PURPLE to 80888.
It's NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY! As our LGBT friends and loved ones take the bold step of coming out, it is important that they know that their allies everywhere, straight or not, have their backs.
- Are you a straight ally? Do you need a straight ally? Use PFLAG's Facebook app for National Coming Out Day to show and receive support in the movement for equality.
- Also, the It Gets Better Project is hosting a Google+ Hangout today at 5:00 PM EST. Submit questions about LGBT issues and coming out to their website, to their Twitter (with the hashtag #IGBHANGOUT), or in arecorded video message, and It Gets Better may play it live during the first video chat of their live "Google+ Hangouts: It Gets Better Plus" series. Spirit Day Ambassadors Janet Mock and Tiq Milan will take part in the hangouts, alongside others including It Gets Better founder Dan Savage.
- You can also head over to the Human Rights Campaign's National Coming Out Day resource page for more information.
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.
- Thanks for taking the Spirit Day pledge to go purple in a stand against bullying and helping us bring Spirit Day to even more people. We previously asked you to encourage other people to pledge to join you in taking the pledge, now it's time to thank them! Thank those adults in your life who have promised to go purple to stand against bullying. Be sure to tell your parents, teachers and others that you appreciate that they are standing against bullying with you.
If they ask if there is more they can do, encourage them to donate to support the work GLAAD is doing with GLSEN and The Trevor Project. They can do so by texting PURPLE to 80888!
Thanks for taking the Spirit Day pledge to go purple in a stand against bullying and helping us bring Spirit Day to even more people. Does your school have a GSA? ou should ask your school administrators and find out. If not, you can learn more about starting a GSA at GLSEN’s website, which offers students everything they need to start a GSA at their school. Allies can also dowload or purchase GLSEN's "Safe Space Kit," which provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students.
Then, check out the GSA Network, a group that connects Gay-Straight Alliances from all across the nation to each other and to community resources. GSA Network's "Make It Better Project" connects LGBT and allied youth all over the country to resources, ideas, and each other in an effort to make schools safer for LGBT students.
- Now that you’ve taken the pledge to go purple, ask your place of worship if they will go purple with you on Spirit Day. Churches, synagogues, mosques, and faith gatherings of all kinds will be sharing a message that matches the theme of Spirit Day. Anti-bullying messages are even stronger when they come from faith communities, stressing that each one of us is unique and special. This year, we want anti-bullying messages to be heard across all religions and faith traditions.
- Now that you've taken the Spirit Day pledge to go purple in a stand against bullying, help us bring Spirit Day to even more people by talking to others about it. Ask a teacher or three friends to join you and pledge to go purple on Spirit Day. They may even end up telling others to do so! You can check out our Spirit Day Kit, which will help you engage the participation of your friends, colleagues, local media and public officials. By spreading the word about Spirit Day, you can help others take a stand against bullying.
Now that you've taken the Spirit Day pledge to go purple in a stand against bullying, help us bring Spirit Day to even more people byconsidering a donation. Help GLAAD keep the Spirit alive by donating $10.19 (or whatever you can) today. With your support, #SpiritDay can continue making a difference every year, encouraging people to speak up against bullying, and spreading the message of love and acceptance to LGBT youth. You can help us make sure that one day every young person knows: it's okay to be who you are.
Now that you've taken the Spirit Day pledge to go purple in a stand against bullying, watch a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) movie or TV show. Check out GLAAD's What to Watch on TV.
- Now that you've taken the Spirit Day pledge to go purple in a stand against bullying, talk to your friends or family about somebody who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) or about somebody who has experienced bullying. Or if you don't want to share a personal story, check out the stories some of our Spirit Day Ambassadors.
- Now that you've taken the Spirit Day pledge to go purple in a stand against bullying, help bring Spirit Day to your community by downloading the Spirit Day Kit, which will help you engage the participation of school administrators, public officials, and your local media.
Start using the Spirit Day kit by writing your school administrators or local public officials and ask them to participate by going purple on October 19 in a stand against bullying. The easy-to-use letter templates can be copy and pasted to an email or word document.
- Then, share the Spirit Day kit through Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends to bring Spirit Day to their communities as well. Suggested tweet: I just downloaded the #SpiritDay kit from @glaad to help my community go purple against bullying on 10/19: http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/resourcekit
- If you haven’t already, take the Spirit Day pledge and promise to wear purple on October 19 in a stand against bullying and to show your support for LGBT youth!
- Share your support on Facebook and Twitter, and tell your friends why you’ll be wearing purple on October 19!
- Download the free Spirit Day app for iPhone and Android, available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play now. The Spirit Day app offers resources, calls to action and can even help you go purple on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
By committing to show your support for LGBT youth by wearing purple on October 19 and helping to spread the word, you’re taking a stand against bullying and making your voice heard.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for more easy ways you can take part in Spirit Day and help take a stand against bullying.
What is Spirit Day?
Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy -- participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more & go purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday.