October 19 is GLAAD’s Spirit Day, a day dedicated to speaking out against LGBTQ bullying. The GLAAD organizations works to accelerate LGBTQ+ using entertainment, news and digital media to share personal stories from members of the community.
“Pledging to ‘go purple’ on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world,” shares GLAAD.
Spirit Day is a day to stand up for the masses and share your love and support for the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ youth are bullied daily, and many stay quiet about the abuse they receive. This abuse comes from everywhere, including at school, a place that is supposed to be a safe space. Children are facing harassment from teachers, peers and online from cyberbullies.
“85.2%of LGBTQ students report being verbally harassed,” shares the Spirit Day website. “63.5%of LGBTQ students report hearing homophobic remarks from teachers and/or school staff because of their gender expression.”
You can share your support in many ways. Fill out the pledge on GLAAD’s website to take a stand against bullying and spread the word. Share your support on social media by going purple. Right click and save any of the photos below to save these photos and update your profiles to show that