Tomorrow, October 20, is Spirit Day, a day dedicated to the support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and the outreach to stop and speak out against bullying. Spirit Day, a fairly recent recognized day of acknowledgment, was organized by Brittany McMillan in 2010. She created it in response to the LGBT youth suicides that had been caused by bullying.
Now recognized annually on October 20, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) encourages all individuals to wear purple in honor of those who have or are still struggling with their sexuality. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, lesbian, or even unicorn, this day is meant to teach you that bullying is not and will never be justifiable. The color, purple, representing pride on the rainbow flag, promotes awareness of bullying and its effects and any resources available for LGBT youth, including the Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project.
As well, Facebook is becoming involved in order to help further spread Spirit Day’s message of hope and support by encouraging its users to tint their current profile pictures purple. Tomorrow, Facebook will be turning two of its pages purple as well. Twitter, Tumblr, Google + and various other social networking sites are also participating in this fight against bullying.Many celebrities and public figures have taken time to address the issue of bullying in the past year. Stars such as Wicked‘s Kristin Chenoweth, Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino, the NBA’s Shaquille O’Neal, and activist Chaz Bono have all participated in GLAAD’s most recent campaign Amplify Your Voice!. It’s a compilation of PSA videos that highlight the powerful effects of speaking up against bullying.
Glee actress Dianna Agron says, “if you are bringing a child into the world, you should be willing to accept them in any reality…Unless someone has committed a violent or hateful act, why should we judge?”
Zachary Quinto, known for his role in the Star Trek remake, recently went public about his hidden homosexuality in an interview with New York Magazine. Quinto, also inspired by the death of LGBT bullying victim Jamey Rodemeyer, “it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”