condensed from an article by Connie Larkman
Take a stand against bullying and show your support for young people across America this Friday! Join the millions of people around the country wearing purple on Spirit Day, Oct. 19. Spirit Day is a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. It's a day to take a stand, and to speak out against bullying.
Spirit Day was started in 2010 by a high school girl as a response to the young LGBT people who had taken their own lives.
Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy –– participants are asked to simply "go purple" on Oct. 19 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. GLADD encourages sharing this message with your friends and family, too.
Karen Methot is the Administrative Assistant for Justice and Witness Ministries, Stewardship, and Church Development.