Latest #SpiritDay News
Today's top LGBT news headlines. For more news updated throughout the day, visit www.glaad.org.
The Atlantic Wire: Marriage equality "very likely" in New Jersey, "moderately likely" in Virginia, and "not likely" in Mississippi | 10/02/13
Since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in July Marriage Equality has been moving along state by state. Currently, thirteen states have Marriage Equality with another eighteen states with active cases supporting marriage equality.
Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. is being punished by NASCAR for using gay slur during an Instagram comment exchange.
Members of the gay-straight alliance at Northbrook High School expressed disappointment that their window decoration at a local Caribou Coffee was erased last week, but they said they hope something good can come from it.
A majority of Americans support a federal law that would ban discrimination by employers based on someone’s sexual orientation according to a poll released by Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign.
Friend Movement, an organization dedicated to ending bullying by promoting friendships, is taking America for a walk from Chicago to New York. The group's founders will be traveling 921 miles to share 921 ribbons that each celebrate one of the 921 lives that have been taken by bullying.
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An hour after the Hon.Mary Jacobson ruled that New Jersey is violating the state's constitution by denying same-sex couples marriage benefits, Gov. Christie's office said they would appeal the ruling. Judge Jacobson based her ruling on the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriage after DOMA was overturned.
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 by high school student Brittany McMillan 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.
GLAAD thanks the Terry K. Watanabe Charitable Trust for supporting Spirit Day