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David and Tina Long know all too well the indescribable pain that bullying inflicts on victims, families and friends. On October 17th, 2009 their son Tyler Long died by suicide after being severely bullied at school for several years.
A new study has demonstrated the long-term effects of bullying and the importance of anti-bullying programs, such as Spirit Day, when millions of people will wear purple to oppose bullying and stand in solidarity with LGBT youth.
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.
Watch Laverne Cox deliver a message to Cassidy Lynn Campbell and America about trans youth.
On his last day of middle school, Chris Martin, an eighth grader in Meadowlawn Middle School in Pinellas County, Florida, wore makeup to school. As a result, Chris was pulled out of class for violating the dress code, and school administrators demanded Chris wash off the make-up or leave school.
A Tennessee family has started a petition calling StudentsFirst to retract a supporter of Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" bill, which stated that teachers should not be able to talk about any type of sexuality that isn't, "related to natural human reproduction." GLAAD is calling upon allies and members of the LGBT community to sign the petition, and bring awareness to the anti-LGBT sentiments and legislation that Ragan has openly defended.
Students from the Hetrick-Martin Institute shared their thoughts on the use of anti-gay slurs with GLAAD, after bisexual rapper Azaelia Banks used the word fa**ot on Twitter, then defended her use of it by saying she meant 'someone who acts like a woman.'
Just one day before participating in Spirit Day, Facebook launched a new bullying prevention resource page and a new video for Bullying Prevention Month.
We at GLAAD are thrilled with the number of organizations, companies and celebrities joining Spirit Day. Add to them Spanish-language network Telemundo, which has joined the Spirit Day campaign.
Clothing giant American Apparel has launched a #SpiritDay store featuring the retailer's purple clothing items. #SpiritDay supporters receive an exclusive 10% discount and American Apparel will donate an additional 10% of all proceeds to GLAAD!