Show your support today, October 20 for gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender and queer (GBLTQ) youth and speak out against bullying by wearing purple.
GBLTQ teens are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. An increasing number of teens continue to take their own lives after being bullied.
Just last weekend Jamie Hubley, a gay 15-year-old teen in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, killed himself after suffering years of depression and bullying.
Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed on October 20, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — simply “go purple” on October 20 as we all work to create a world in which GBLTQ teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.
I hope you will wear purple today to support GBLTQ youth. Thanks guys.