WATCH: Video about bullying spotlights challenges LGBT teens face


 

GLAAD published a moving video today for Spirit Day, GLAAD's annual worldwide event that encourages millions of people to stand against bullying and show their support for LGBT youth by wearing purple. In this video, teenagers tell their heartwrenching stories of being bullied. The video puts a face to the victims of bullying, showing the immense personal toll that harassment takes on young people everywhere.

On October 15, Spirit Day provides the opportunity for everyone – from students and teachers to celebrities and corporations – to raise their voices in support of LGBT youth. By "going purple," Spirit Day participants can show LGBT youth everywhere that there are people who support them in their struggles against bullying.

According to recent studies, eight out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school, and over 60% of LGBT students who report a bullying case said their school staff did nothing. Spirit Day raises up the voices of the victims of anti-LGBT bullying, starting necessary conversations about an issue that goes largely unheard.

“Since 2010, Spirit Day has cast unprecedented light on the issue of bullying and its disproportionate impact on LGBT youth,” said GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis. “This year, Spirit Day and GLAAD’s anti-bullying resources will reach more young people than ever with messages of empowerment and acceptance.”

Many groups and individuals have already pledged to participate in Spirit Day in 2015. Partners include Wells Fargo, Target, and major sports leagues like the NBA, WNBA, NFL and WWE.

For more information on Spirit Day, please visit http://www.glaad.org/spiritday and watch GLAAD's touching video here:

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