Latest #SpiritDay News
Stand Up Speak Out | 10/10/11
Young people everywhere are taking a stand against bullying. In a movement that’s rocking the nation, young people are saying, let’s make it better – and here’s how.
A ‘Gay-Straight Alliance’ logo t-shirt prompted an alleged assault in Eastern Tennessee. According to Sequoyah High School senior Chris Siglers, his principal, Maurice Moser, physically assaulted him after he refused to remove his GSA shirt.
This October 20th will mark the second annual observation of Spirit Day, and we are once again thrilled to be teaming up with the event’s creator, 16 year-old Brittany McMillan, to raise awareness of the issues impacting LGBT young people, to highlight the need to show support, and to encourage people to “go purple!”
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