#SouthernStories participants and Southern organizations celebrate #SpiritDay

In late 2014, GLAAD commissioned Harris Poll to measure attitudes towards LGBT Americans. Even though 2015 has an historic year for the rights of LGBT Americans, beneath legal and policy progress lies a layer of uneasiness and discomfort. While the public is increasingly embracing LGBT civil rights and equal protection under the law, many are still uncomfortable with having LGBT people in their families and the communities where they live. Within these numbers we find that people in the South feel significantly more discomfort about their LGBT family, friends, and neighbors than is found in other regions of the country. GLAAD's Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBT people and their allies in the South to create a cultural shift towards LGBT acceptance and understanding in the region.

The Southern Stories campaign was kickstarted by GLAAD's Southern Stories Summer Bus Tour. On the tour, GLAAD stopped in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. On each stop, GLAAD hosted and participated in a range of events, from The Concert for Love and Acceptance and worship services to documentary screenings and meetings with local LGBT individuals.

Many organizations and individuals based in the South, including some participants of the Southern Stories tour, showed their support for LGBT youth by going purple for Spirit Day and standing against bullying.

Allies in Tennessee are holding a Spirit Day Rally! Today at 6:00 PM Central Time, LGBT people and allies will gather in will gather at the Amphitheatre of Bicentennial Mall State Park in Nashville. Performers and speakers will inspire the crowd to do more to take on bullying! More information abotu the event is here

Check them out below:

 

Today is anti-bullying purple day. #spiritday

Posted by Girl Scout Troop 4138 of Greater South Texas on Thursday, October 15, 2015
 

Celebrate #spiritday. #focusmidsouth

Posted by Focus Mid-South on Thursday, October 15, 2015
 

Today is #SpiritDay. We're going purple to take a stand against bullying and show our support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and you should too!

Posted by Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stand up against bully!! Show me your purple!! #Spiritday

Posted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center on Thursday, October 15, 2015
 

This is a simple event, and easy to participate. All you do is wear purple for two very good causes.

Posted by MT Lambda on Thursday, October 8, 2015
 

OUTlaw at the WVU College of Law is teaming up with GLAAD! It’s time to Show Your Spirit! On Thursday, October 15, we...

Posted by WVU OUTlaw on Thursday, October 8, 2015

On October 15, Spirit Day inspires millions to "go purple" to support LGBT youth in a united stand against bullying. According to GLSEN's 2013 National School Climate Survey, 8 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school, and over 60% of LGBT students who did report a bullying case said their school staff did nothing. Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals around the world to take a stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT youth.

You can go purple now by putting on purple, posting about #spiritday, and sharing your favorite #spiritday posts on social media. Go to www.glaad.org/spiritday to turn your profile picture purple and learn more ways to get involved in Spirit Day.

Spirit Day is made possible by the generous support of its presenting Partners Wells Fargo and Target; official partners DOW, Google, NBA and WNBA, NFL and WWE; and supporting partners American Eagle Outfitters, Barilla, Chobani, Comcast NBC Universal, Kirkland and Ellis, and Toyota.

Past participants in Spirit Day include the White House, the Empire State Building, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Laverne Cox, Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Shaquille O'Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip, and more.