#SpiritDay 2011: Schools, GSA, Colleges
Schools, GSAs, and Colleges who participated in Spirit Day 2011
Anoka Middle School for the Arts GSA
Brown University, Queer Alliance
Boston Architectural College
Cabot High School GSA (Arkansas)
California State University, Long Beach Gay Straight Alliance
California State University, East Bay, Queer Straight Alliance
Cascade High School (Everett, WA)
Edison Middle School (Los Angeles)
Franklin Central (Indiana)
Henry Lord Middle School
Kamehameha High School - Kapalama (Hawaii)
Keyport High School (New Jersey)
La Mirada High School GSA
Long Island University C.W. Post Protestant Campus Ministry
Loyola Marymount University LGBT Student Services
Metropolitan State University of Minnesota LGBTQA Student Coordinating Committee
Millbrook High School (North Carolina)
Minnesota School OUTreach Coalition
Montana State University Safe Zone Program
My GSA Canada
North Carolina State University GLBT Centerr
New Paltz High School (New York)
North Surrey Secondary School
Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School
Pitsford Mendon High School GSA (New York)
Queer Straight Alliance (Hayward, CA)
Santa Clara High School (California)
Southeast Career Technical Academy
Swish Pride GSA
Texas Educator Network
Troy High School GSA (Michigan)
Tunxis Community College GSA
University of Akron LGBTU
University of Minnesota Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence & GLBTA Programs Office
University of Missouri Law Students for Reproductive Justice
University of Nebraska-Lincoln LGBT Resource Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Queer Ally Coalition
University of New Mexico LGBTQ Resource Center
University of South Dakota's 10% Society (LGBT student group)
University of Wisconsin Pride Center
Ventura College GSA
Washington University in St. Louis
Western Wyoming Students
Whitman College GLBTQ student Group
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How did schools and GSAs participate in Spirit Day 2011?
For Cabot High School, the brand new GSA is launched their first campaign with Spirit Day! In addition to purpling out the school, their Facebook and Twitter accounts, the GSA planned to take the momentum from Spirit Day to kick-start their anti-slur campaign.
The California State University Long Beach GSA is hosted flash mobs all over campus to celebrate Spirit Day and raise awareness!
Kamehameha High School's Pride Club wore purple and encouraged others to do so also. They spread the word about the importance of taking a stand against bullying especially bullying that targets LGBTQ students.
Keyport High School in New Jersey incorporated Spirit Day into the school's Spirit Week, making Thursday 'Wear Purple Day.' Additionally, the student Key Club sold purple ribbons to students with proceeds benefitting The Trevor Project and inviting students to learn more about bullying and suicide prevention. Students were also asked to sign a pledge to stand up against bullying.
Loyola Marymount University LGBT Student Services Office will be passed out 500 purple shirts to students that read: I CARE. They also asked that faculty and staff wear purple in honor of Spirit Day 2011.
New Paltz High School has an active GSA that spread the word on Facebook, tweeted about Spirit Day and posted on Tumblr.
A New York GSA wore purple, encouraged others to do so, hung fliers around the school explaining what Spirit Day means, included triangles meaning safe zones, and spread awareness.
At North Surrey Secondary School students postered about Spirit Day, shared stories on the impact of bullying during morning announcements, and on Spirit Day showed GLAAD Spirit Day and It Gets Better videos. Additionally, the school dance team flash mobbed "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga!
Northeast GSA made announcements each morning during the week requesting the entire school wear purple on Oct. 20 to end bullying. Announcements inclued short stories about bullying to raise awareness and motivate the school to participate.
Pitsford Mendon High School's GSA organized events in the school to raise awareness about Spirit Day and anti-LGBT bullying.
Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School asked students and faculty to wear purple for Spirit Day and to gather for a group photo to be posted on the school anti-bullying bulletin board and their website.
The GSA at Troy High School planned to spread the word about wearing purple apparel on Spirit Day! In addition, a few officers got to school early, and in front of the school media center, distributed purple duct tape "wristbands" for students to wear and support the cause. In each of the classes, they asked he teacher for permission to have a one minute word with the class explaining Spirit Day and handed out duct tape wristbands for interested allies and supporters to wear. Left wrist, right, or both - it shows support and gets people asking what it's all about.
The University of Missouri chapters of Lamda Legal and Law Students for Reproductive Justice are teamed up to sponsor Spirit Day at Mizzou Law by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to "go purple" in support of LGBT acceptance.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln LGBT Resource Center is spread the word for everyone to wear purple! They encouraged people to wear purple on Spirit Day as part of LGBTQA History Month Events and Programming at the University of NE-Lincoln. Also, on October 20 a program sponsored by the University Program Council (UPC) took place: Real World LGBT Round Table. Their calendar of events for history month can be found at www.involved.unl.edu/lgbtqa.
The Ventura College GSA is hosted booths on the campus quad where they handed out purple ribbons and information on bullying in the hopes of raising awareness and engaging students in an open dialogue on discrimination and bullying on campus.
Western Wyoming Students set up tables on campus with purple ribbons and gave out information to raise awareness for Spirit Day. In addition, they flimed an It Gets Better video.
Whitman College students went purple all over campus!
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