|Spirit Day | October 20, 2011 |
Last year, on October 20, 2010, more than 2 million people around the world wore purple, including celebrities like Ellen Degeneres, Cyndi Lauper, Perez Hilton and the cast of Glee (for more supporters click here). Spirit Day participants banded together to remember teens (such as Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas) who commit suicide after being bullied because of their sexual orientation. We made a huge impact last year, and we’re making progress, but unfortunately it’s not good enough.
Last Sunday, Jamey Rodemeyer, from Buffalo, N.Y., commit suicide. He was only 14. The sad truth is that these sorts of things happen every day. Teens are bullied in their homes, schools and workplaces based on their sexuality and they end up cutting their lives short.
So this year, we’re going to do it again. Wear purple on Thursday, October 20th, 2011. Stand up to homophobic bullying. Support your LGBTQ friends, family members and co-workers. And mourn the lives lost in our battle for equality.
Reblog. Trend #SpiritDay. Attend the Facebook event. Tell everyone.
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